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The Civic Journey, funded by the National Citizen Service and DCMS, and in partnership with the University of Sheffield and the University of Huddersfield, is a two-year programme led and shaped by young people to understand the pathways that lead to engaged communities across the UK.

The goal is to make visible less traditional journeys and to understand what works in order to rethink the national infrastructure supporting young people.

The need for the project is longstanding and acute. In 2020, the Institute for Community Studies found that supporting better pathways for young people was the most agreed upon priority for communities across the UK.

Over 2022 and 2023, young people aged 16 to 30 will be conducting research in their communities to explore the issues that matter to their peers, and to understand how young people want to engage. Alongside this, workshops will run in schools to understand perspectives of those aged 11 to 15, as well as a series of stakeholder workshops.

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