There is growing evidence that educational non attainment, alienation, disaffection and the resulting social exclusion can lead to an anti social gang related youth culture that is criminally gangsterised as well as radicalised in its behaviour. This has an adverse impact not only on the social and economic well-being of a community, city and nation, but also a wider affect on the social and cultural cohesion of the nation as a whole.


The Youth Charter is calling for a more inclusive society with opportunities for all, where young people are valued not stigmatised or marginalised. The greatest opportunity of promoting the benefits of 21st century citizenship, rights, responsibilities, multiculturalism and a healthy and active lifestyle, through a diverse and socially inclusive medium that promotes a positive feeling of self worth and contribution to the wider community lies within the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

YC 2012 Legacy Manifesto (2011)



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    Honorary Life President

    The Late Dame Mary Glen Haig DBE*

    Former Presidents

    The Late Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster KG, CB, CVO, OBE, TD

    The Late Lord Terry Thomas CBE

    Founder and Chair

    Prof. Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA DL

    *In Perpetuity

    Vice Presidents

    Sir Bobby Charlton CBE

    Pearly Gates

    Judge Goldstone

    Sir Alex Ferguson CBE

    Clive Lloyd CBE

    Judge Gabrielle Kirk McDonald

    Lord Herman Ouseley

    Sir Steve Redgrave CBE

    Dame Sarah Storey DBE

    Lemn Sissay MBE

    Sir Rodney Walker

    Frank Warren


    Elaine Banton

    Mark Barratt

    Juliet Donoghue

    Nadine Dyer

    Peter Ibsen

    Phil McCauley

    Prof. Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA DL

    Chris Sayers

    Ronnie Todd