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Youth of Today Programme

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which organisations were involved in the consultation for his Department’s Youth of Today programme for; how long the consultation programme was open; how much the consultation cost; if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of all meetings where the consultation was discussed; when the programme will be reviewed; by whom; and at what projected cost. (293645)

A feasibility study for a possible National Institute for Youth Leadership commenced in December 2007 and was completed in April 2008. A list of organisations that participated is at Annex A. A roundtable for stakeholders, chaired by my right hon. Friend the Member for Stretford and Urmston (Beverley Hughes), took place in July 2008 with the following organisations: British Youth Council; the Citizenship Foundation Changemakers; Commission for Youth Social Enterprise; Council on Social Action; the Duke of Edinburgh Awards; National Youth Agency; the Prince’s Trust; UK Youth Parliament; V; Young Advisors and the Young Foundation. The cost of the consultation process was £24,728.

A copy of the minutes of feasibility discussions and the ministerial roundtable will be placed in the Library.

The programme will be externally evaluated over the remainder of the contract period till March 2011. The Department will shortly be signing a contract with the approved evaluators with a projected cost of £115,000.

Annex A


Brookfield School

British Youth Council

Centre for Excellence in Leadership


Children of Addictive Parents

Citizenship Foundation

Clubs for Young People

Commission for Youth Social Entrepreneurship

Contented Ltd.



Crime Concern


Department for Children, Schools and Families

Department for Communities and Local Government

Development Education Association

The Diana Award

Government Office North East


Growth Matters

The Grubb Institute

Innovation Exchange

London and Quadrant Neighbourhood Investment Teams

London Youth

National Council for Voluntary Youth Services

The National Trust

National Youth Agency

National Youth Theatre


Participation Works

People and Planet

The Prince’s Trust

Raleigh International


Schools Councils UK

Skills Force Development and Training

UK Youth

UK Youth Parliament

University of Bristol

Volunteering England

The Wildlife Trust

Young Achievers Trust

Young Advisors

Young Enterprise

YouthBank UK