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Youth community action : give time, get involved, gain skills

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Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF)

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Youth Community Action Give time, get involved, gain skills What is Youth Community Action? Youth Community Action is a government initiative designed to encourage all young people in England, aged 14 to 19, to take part in activities that contribute to their communities, as part of their learning and personal development. The government has set an ambitious goal – for everyone between the ages of 14 and 19 to have the chance to give their time and get involved in community action. Our aspiration is that, over time, all young people will participate in at least 50 hours of community action by the age of 19. How does it work? The Department for Children Schools and Families has designed Youth Community Action and is working with v, the National Young Volunteers Service and other key partners to deliver the scheme. There are lots of ways for young people to make a difference – from coaching a sports team to DJing on a community radio station, from campaigning on a local issue to participating in a conservation project. Youth Community Action for 16 to 19-year-olds We are testing Youth Community Action among 16 to 19-year-olds by including it as an option in the Entry to Employment (E2E) programme, which will soon become part of Foundation Learning (one of the four learning routes for 14 to 19-year-olds). We are also looking at how Youth Community Action can contribute to other learning pathways and accreditation schemes for 14 to 19-year-olds – into GCSEs/A levels, the Diploma and Apprenticeships. Youth Community Action for 14 to 16-year-olds For 14 to 16-year-olds, Youth Community Action is centred on schools and the curriculum and has a package of support and guidance for schools. • A team of more than 100 vSchool Advisers will work with schools, providers, Local Authorities and other organisations to create opportunities for young people to give their time and get involved. • A new secure online facility is available at vschools.org

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