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What's it all about?

Globally connected, locally engaged. That’s the thought behind Active Citizens, a non-profit programme that brings local communities together to give them the skills and resources to make the world a better place. But it’s not just about donating a few tools to the local allotment or volunteering your time to help repaint a sports hall; Active Citizens is about developing a completely different attitude towards the community we live in. Engaging, planning, getting involved and building positive relations. It all starts locally, but the effect is global.

What does becoming an Active Citizen mean?

In its most simple form it means you’ll be part of about 30 people in your community who share ideas on how to improve local issues. It could be anything from creating youth programmes to target unemployment in the area (as they did in Hackney) or an inter-generational project to bring together people of different ages (as participants did in Leeds).

So far it has created over 210,000 Active Citizens in 46 countries across the world. Linked as part of a global network, including 11 communities from the UK, Active Citizens undertake a common learning journey that enhances their leadership, cultural awareness and project management skills.

How do I get involved?

Each partner organisation has their own set of criteria for recruiting Active Citizens, so you’ll need to contact the one closest to you to find out more. There are normally about 30 places on each course, but exactly how many will depend on what stage of recruitment they’re at. 

What will it cost?

Partner organisations receive a grant to cover the cost of training programmes, but you will generally have to cover the cost of transport.

To find out more, please email the Active Citizens team.

What they say

“I truly believe that there are far more things that unite people than divide people. If young people from different backgrounds can come together and discuss their similarities and differences, they will go back to their communities with a greater feeling of empowerment. Once they have heard about something working in one environment, they will be more motivated and able to make it work at home. Everyone is already excited to experience social projects in action. Seeing the difference they make will help us to be the difference we want to see in our own communities.”

– Ed Yoofi Bentsi-Enchill, UK youth worker.

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