Who We Are


We have been working to better the lives of young people for over 100 years, and our experience is second to none.

Through our network of youth development organisations across the UK, we empower 729,694 young people to take control of their own lives with the support, encouragement and opportunities they need to help them reach their full potential and grow into confident, capable adults who lead fulfilling lives. In 2014/15 over 68,583 of these young people took part in our innovative programmes, gained accreditation or attended our outdoor learning centre at Avon Tyrrell.


Our Vision is for every young person to become a positive force for change in their own life, and the lives of others, whatever their background or circumstance.

In this way, they will make a successful transition from childhood to adulthood with the capabilities they need to become happy, healthy, valued members of the community, fully equipped to access employment and achieve their aspirations. 


Our Mission is to give young people the tools they need for life, work and a better future.

We achieve our mission by giving young people a voice so they can influence the world around them, creating innovative and inspiring national programmes, and supporting the youth development organisations in our membership. We believe in co-creating programmes with young people and delivering them in partnership with both community-based and targeted youth organisations.


Watch our promotional film about why our work is so important:


Find out more about our recent work and successes in our Annual Report 2014/15.

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