The Next Generation Awards has been designed to engage Birmingham’s young people and encourage them to become active citizens that contribute positively to Birmingham’s future.

The Next Generation Awards scheme is a highly successful Citizenship programme that has been run by the Birmingham Civic Society for the past twelve years.  In total 26,500 pupils have participated since the programme began.

The award scheme is aimed at groups of pupils aged 11 to 14, and is an assessed project-based programme designed to meet many of the requirements of the Key Stage 3 Citizenship Curriculum, and also to develop pupils’ Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills. It is a very inclusive project which is great for developing pupils’ skills in team-working, ICT, presentation, creative writing and problem-solving. The programme has been developed with the aim of stimulating creativity, nurturing enthusiasm for life, and encouraging pupils to be active, responsible citizens that contribute positively to the development of the City.

The young people work in groups to devise a plan to improve one aspect of life for people living in Birmingham, they develop 5 minute presentations that are then presented to an assessment panel and receive either a Gold, Silver or Bronze award depending on the calibre of their proposals.

From 2016, we have awarded £1500 to the overall winner to help deliver their proposal in reality. This helps to ensure that our young people are making a real difference to their community and city.

To highlight the important work of the Next Generation Awards an Impact Case Study has been submitted to the Chartered Association of Business Schools. You can read the Case Study here.

If you are interested in getting involved in the Next Generation Awards as part of one of the judging panel, please email .

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Nick Venning
Committee Chair
Nick was formally Marketing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers
Committee Members

Jo Dunlop Project Manager
Michael Butler Trustee
Stephanie Bloxham Trustee
Mikayla Jones
Martin Graham