Today’s teenagers more engaged than ever



A report released by think tank, Demos, challenges negative perceptions of young people and reaffirms Scouting’s ongoing positive impact.

The Demos report, Introducing Generation Citizen, which is supported by the National Citizen Service (NCS) and focuses on the last legions of generation Y (young people aged 14-17), states that ‘today’s teenagers are characterised by their tolerance, compassion and motivation to tackle social issues,’: all key traits encouraged and nurtured through Scouts.

The report supports recent research carried out by TSA, which found that 98% of young people said that improving the lives of others was an important part of their involvement in Scouting while 88% agreed that the organisation should help them take social action. The Demos report also says that today’s teenagers are more engaged with social issues than previous generations of teenagers, which reflects Scouting’s ongoing social impact work.

Changing the world through Scouting

Scout Community Week, our work with the Step Up To Serve campaign and helping local communities during the recent floods are just a few recent examples of Scouts doing their bit to make a real difference.

Alex George, Chair of The Scout Association delegation to the British Youth Council said:

‘This report doesn’t come as a surprise to me, but it should come as a wakeup call to media and commentators that the stereotype they paint of young people as apathetic and indifferent about social issues is simply wrong. I meet young people all over the country who want to make a positive change in the world through Scouting.’

He continues: ‘Our young people have always been part of Generation Citizen, but we’re up for the challenge of making sure we do it even better.’

Do you believe in Generation Citizen?

Download and fill out these Generation Citizen posters and tweet a picture to @ukscouting and #GenerationCitizen to support Generation Citizen and show why Scouts are already leading the way in making a real difference.

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