Supporting young people in the 21st Century
Today, we are announcing a transformational two-year research project, with generous support from the National Citizen Service CIC. Rooted in a powerful belief in community activism, entrepreneurial spirit and the civic potential of young people, we will be working with Huddersfield and Sheffield Universities, to create a youth-led evidence base about when, where, and in what ways young people develop the knowledge, skills, and experience to become resilient adults and engaged citizens.
Although a range of age-related ‘civic’ projects and programmes exist in the UK, their potential role in supporting young people is limited by three factors:
- A lack of joined-up thinking or integration between and across the various investments
- A failure to focus on critical transition points or to develop the notion of civic momentum
- Thinking about what young people need has not been led by young people for young people
This research project will address these limitations head-on by supporting and training young people to co-design and co-produce – working with potential research users – a blueprint for an inclusive, flexible and future-focused civic journey.
Want to hear more about our work on ‘the civic journey’?