Young Citizens
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Young Citizens provides volunteering opportunities for 11-19 year olds in schools and the community as well as intergenerational work, breaking down barriers between young people and older people. All of the activities are youth-led and based on the young people’s interests, skills and abilities.

All of these activities are youth-led and based on the young people’s interests, skills and abilities.

Young people who participate in Young Citizens activities grow in confidence and skills in specific areas such as working with others, communication, taking on individual responsibilities and seeing a project through to the end.

2016 Youth Exchange

Young Citizens together with YMCA Youth Forum took part in a European Youth Exchange. They organised an inspiring conference at the Henry Brown Youth Centre to raise awareness as well as promoting inclusion and equality in the local community.

Explore Diversity was planned for several months by young people from YMCA Bournemouth and was the culmination of an 8-day European Youth Exchange with young people from YMCA Bournemouth, YMCA Dobrich (Bulgaria), YMCA Norway and Youth Senate Strumica (Macedonia).

During the Exchange, 27 young participants explored topics relating to equality & diversity as well as learning about different cultures & traditions. The young people made presentations, facilitated workshops and ensured the smooth running of the day

Read more here. 

Community & Schools

Young Citizens provides volunteering opportunities for 11-16 year olds in schools. We would normally work within a particular school for one or two terms depending upon the needs of the group.

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The benefits to schools and pupils include links to the Citizenship and PSHE curriculum, qualitative and quantitative data for OFSTED inspections, recognised awards in volunteering and further opportunities to volunteer.

Previosuly known as Next Generation, we have received very positive feedback from young people and school staff since it started in February 2010:

Paul Kenchington, Head of Citizenship at Avonbourne School said “the staff at Next Generation are excellent and get on well with the staff and pupils at the school. The project is very well organised.”

Fern Dickson, a pupil at Avonbourne said “I found working in a group to plan the fashion show very enjoyable and exciting and the end product was very rewarding. The whole experience was definitely worthwhile and I would do it again if given the opportunity.”

For more information please call Glen on (01202) 467000 or email glen.harvey@ymcabournemouth.org.uk


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