UK Youth

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UK Youth is a charity at the heart of a national network of organisations dedicated to supporting young people to realise their potential. Our focus is on developing and promoting non-formal learning opportunities for all. Through regional associations and local youth groups we reach 750,000 young people each year.   The charity was founded in February 1911 and has over 100 years experience of delivering innovative non-formal learning to young people.  If you would like to learn more about the history of the charity our archive is a Special Collection at the University of Birmingham’s Library. You can take a look at the brochure we created to celebrate our centenary here. Today our work makes a lasting impact by encouraging young people to take responsibility and become involved citizens. It gives a voice to people who are too rarely heard and builds skills that will remain useful throughout their lives.   By working with a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector partners we offer young people the chance to:

  • take action to improve their communities
  • make recommendations about youth services
  • learn to support and educate others
  • experience the benefits of healthy activities
  • organise events including a major national youth conference
  • gain nationally recognised accreditation

Our approach to learning works with all young people and has proved particularly effective with those not thriving in mainstream education.