The Youth Charter History

The Youth Charter is a UK registered charity and UN accredited non-governmental organisation.

Launched in 1993, the Youth Charter has campaigned and promoted the role and value of sport, arts and cultural activity in the lives of disaffected young people from disadvantaged communities nationally and internationally. The Youth Charter works to influence health, education, social order and the environment.

Since it began, the Youth Charter has made a significant contribution to the development of new concepts in social awareness for young people. It has pioneered new approaches to combating the problems of disaffected youth, providing guidance, resources and practical assistance to young people aged 7–21.

The Youth Charter has a proven track record in the creation and delivery of social and human development programmes with the overall aim of providing young people with an opportunity through sport, arts and cultural activity to develop in life. Key partnerships have been formed with a wide range of public and private sector agencies both nationally and internationally, with support received in cash and in kind.

The Youth Charter’s programmes and projects tackle educational non-attainment, health inequality, anti-social behaviour and the negative effects of crime, drugs, gang related activity and racism by applying the ethics of sporting and artistic excellence to which young people can relate – namely discipline, fair play, team work and healthy competition. These are translated to provide social and economic benefits of citizenship, rights and responsibilities, with improved education, health, social order and environment.

The Youth Charter brings unique experience and an essential link to young people, who are notoriously hard to reach. It can support Government by bringing…

• 233 supporting sportsmen and women
• A path to young people
• Understanding of young people’s language, media and trends
• Access to different networks and media audience » local, regional, and
• Presence in local communities