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.
Our Work with Young People
UK Youth was established in 1911 to equip young people with the skills they needed for life and enable them to realise their potential through non-formal learning.Read more
Youth Achievement Foundations
These Independent Schools offer an effective full-time model of educational and personal development for young people excluded or at risk of exclusion from mainstream education.Read more
Young people spend just 15% of their time in school yet the learning that takes place outside the classroom in other areas of their busy lives often goes unrecognised and under-valued.Read more
UK Youth is the centre of a network of regional and national member associations that work with local youth groups and clubs to provide young people opportunities.Read more
Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre
Avon Tyrrell is a residential activity centre in the New Forest and our headquarters and is a showcase for much of our work. The centre offers young people a wide range of unique learning opportunities.Read more