Young Citizens Action Agenda
The Young Citizens’ Action Agenda (YCAA) is a series of high-profile regional projects that aim to give young people (14-19 years old) the skills to take an active role in society and produce solutions to their 21st century challenges.
Run by the Institute for Citizenship, together with partner organisations, the aims of the projects are:
- To give students briefings on 21st century political, economic and citizenship challenges.
- To promote ‘life skills’ that help young people develop confidence.
- To promote deliberative democracy and active citizenship.
- To empower young people to be creative in helping to produce solutions to 21st century challenges.
- To help society see young people in a more positive light.
- To produce a Young Citizens’ Action Agenda for the Prime Minister and Government.
The Institute for Citizenship are bringing the YCAA project around the UK nation and regions. Please see further information about the YCAA projects below.
YCAA London 2008-2009
The Institute for Citizenship launched the project with the Young Citizens’ Action Event for 1,400 young people aged 14 – 19 at Central Hall, Westminster Thursday 10th July 2008. In the evening a special schools edition of Question Time was broadcast to over 2.6 million people on BBC ONE.
Over 1,100 young people completed the Young Citizens’ Say Survey, and the YCS Report was launched in Parliament by MPs and Mark Easton (BBC Home Editor).
Two Young Citizens Panels worked on Action Agendas for the UK and London.
YCAA North West 2009-2010
Over 75 interactive accredited workshops, practical career advice and applications were delivered across the North West (NW) with over 8,000 young people taking part.
Over 5,500 young people completed the Young Citizens’ Say NW survey with results feeding into the NW 20 year Regional Strategy (led by NWDA and 4NW) and the YCAA for the North West (to be delivered to Prime Minister/Regional Minister in Autumn 2010).
- Young Citizens’ Action Event, 4th February 2010:
- Over 1,350 young people attended the Young Citizens’ Action Event NW at the Opera House, Manchester on 4th February 2010 – this was the largest event of its kind outside London.
Young panels across the North West are currently preparing a Young Citizens’ Action Agenda NW to present to the newly elected Prime Minister/Regional Minister in summer 2010.
Over 12,000 young people (14 – 19 years old) were involved in the project and engaged with politics, economics and citizenship, with over 200 schools and youth groups taking part in the groundbreaking project.
- On 24th September 2010, young people from across the North West met the Rt Hon George Osborne MP (Chancellor of the Exchequer) in Rudheath, Cheshire and presented him with their Action Agenda.