We are a movement for social change which inspires young people to take part in citizen service or social action and, in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, to “be the change they wish to see in the world”.

A 2009 report by think-tank Demos, Service Nation, named City Year UK as an organisation that could make a major contribution in young people’s lives through social action opportunities. A follow-up report in 2015, Service Nation 2020, recommended the development of full-time social action ‘service year’ placements like those offered by City Year UK.

In 2013 we at City Year UK became one of the founders of Generation Change, which brings together leaders in the UK youth social action sector with the collective aim of increasing the quantity and quality of social action taken by young people in the UK today.