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ERIC Number: ED498633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISBN: ISBN-1-8457-2627-8
ISSN: N/A
Six Approaches to Post-16 Citizenship: 4. Citizenship through Voluntary and Community-Based Activities
Fettes, Trisha
Learning and Skills Network (NJ1)
Citizenship enables young people to learn about their rights and responsibilities, to understand how society works, and develop knowledge and understanding of social and political issues. Through citizenship education young people are encouraged to take action on issues of concern to themselves and to play an active part in the democratic process, thereby becoming more effective members of society. They are encouraged to express their views, to have a voice and make a difference to the communities in which they operate, and to reflect on what they have learnt. This title in the "Post-16 Citizenship Support Programme" series discusses citizenship through voluntary and community-based activities. Citizenship through voluntary and community-based activities creates links with the wider community and gets young people involved in real situations, new things and wider activities. Young people find their involvement in community activities (often voluntary and informal) enjoyable and motivating. Social action has been shown to impact on young people's confidence and self-worth, on their sense of who they are and their personal identity, and on the development of skills and attributes. Their sense of belonging, profile and pride in their community can also be enhanced. Voluntary and community activities also have benefits for the organisation and wider community, by developing positive community relationships and profile, potential community leaders, and products or services of direct benefit to community members. Partners can gain increased knowledge of citizenship issues of relevance to their business or social enterprise, and opportunities for staff development. Activities in the post-16 citizenship programme have ranged from those taking place within organisations attended by young people to examples of international work. The main examples of participation have involved: (1) Campaigns; (2) Community-based projects; and (3) Mentoring schemes and support groups. Specific projects in each area are discussed as examples. The author notes that it cannot be assumed that young people know how to carry out all the tasks involved in mentoring, running a support group, conducting campaigns and participation in community activities, without some training. They will need opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills, empowering them to shape their local services, involving them in local decision making and providing opportunities for them to give something back to their communities. (Contains 21 endnotes.) [This document is part of a series of support materials produced by the Post-16 Citizenship Support Programme. The programme is funded by the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA) and delivered by the Learning and Skills Network (LSN).]
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom