Everything we do relates to our vision for society and our mission to make that vision a reality. We have very ambitious goals and we challenge ourselves constantly to make sure that we are always pushing towards them.

Our vision

We want a fair and inclusive society based on a strong and secure democracy, in which every person achieves their full potential as an active citizen, both personally and within their communities.

Our mission

We will enable a greater number of young citizens to participate actively in society.

We will do this by equipping children and young people to make a positive difference to the society in which they live – locally, nationally and globally.

Our ambitions

To give children and young people the knowledge and skills for participation. This includes:

•  Skills for citizenship – critical thinking, ethical reasoning, political literacy, debating, campaigning, advocacy and negotiating.

•  Understanding our rights and responsibilities as citizens – both those that are enshrined in laws, and those governed by personal and societal values and ethics.

•  Knowledge of the democratic system and its processes – not just the elected institutions, but also the other institutions of democracy such as the legal system, the media, political parties, and trades unions.

To give children and young people the confidence to participate. This includes:

•  Developing a belief and trust in the democratic and legal processes, alongside realism about the constraints and compromises inherent in democracy.

•  Resilience to challenges – the ability to withstand setbacks and seek to overcome barriers.

•  Optimism in the ability to make a difference – whatever our power or position, both as individuals and as communities.

View our strategic plan