Our Vision

Everything we do relates to our vision for society: one that is fair and inclusive, based on a strong and secure democracy, and in which every person achieves their full potential as an active citizen, both personally and within their communities.

Our Mission

Our mission, to help make this a reality, is to enable a greater number of young citizens to participate actively in society. We do this by equipping children and young people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make a positive difference to the society in which they live – locally, nationally and globally.

Our Values

  • FAIR - We strive to be fair in everything we do, and believe in the equal worth of every citizen, as well as equality before the law.
  • ENQUIRING - We empower and inspire by encouraging a spirit of enquiry and critical thinking, and a realistic sense of optimism and agency.
  • RESPECTFUL - We are respectful but prepared to challenge; authoritative but prepared to listen and learn.
  • COLLABORATIVE - We aim to work in a sustainable, collaborative, transparent and inclusive way.
  • INTERNATIONALIST - We believe in an internationalist outlook, and we aim to share experiences with similar organisations overseas to foster an understanding of global, as well as national, citizenship.

We have high ambitions and we constantly challenge ourselves towards them.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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