I choose to make a difference 2018-10-03T01:00:09+01:00

Choose to make a difference

1 in 3 of the total population of Croydon is under 25 years old. More than 94,000 0-17 year olds and 28,800 18-24 year olds live here.

Young people in Croydon clearly have a strong voice and can really make a difference.

Aspirational young people choose to excel

Awards celebrate those outstanding young people in Croydon who inspire others through their enterprise, energy and positive attitude to life and their community.

Read about ‘The inspirational young person of the year’ shortlisted nominees Imad Khan and Michelle Williams.

Star Awards celebrate the talents and successes of young people looked after by the local authority and recognise the achievements of young people in care. The awards take place on 24 October 2018. To nominate please visit www.croydon.gov.uk/education/starawards

The Good Citizenship Award is a project held in primary schools across Croydon for YR6 pupils. The project aims to recognise pupil’s development in caring for others in their community, an act of random kindness, or to support those young people that may need encouragement to refocus their behaviour.

Choose to Volunteer

Volunteering gives back to the local community and can look great on your CV. You can find out about volunteering opportunities with CVA www.cvalive.org.uk/volunteering/want-to-volunteer

Choose to get involved and have your say

Croydon Young Mayor is elected for one year to represent the views of young people and encourage them to create opportunities around issues that matter to them and their communities.

Croydon Young Mayor’s Fund. Assists with developing Croydon based youth projects, designed by Croydon young people. You can apply if you are aged 8-18 and live, go to school, college or work in Croydon. Email youngmayor@croydon.gov.uk to find out more.

Youth forums

From crime to careers, social care to summer fun, Croydon’s youth forums cover a huge range of local issues, join in and have your say.

Youth congress

At the first Youth Congress, young people said being successful and staying safe were their top two priorities

My Choice video stories

Croydon Young Mayor and Deputy Young Mayor

Croydon young people are making positive choices, see their stories here.

Choose what you can do

I choose to learn a new skill

I choose to stay positive and productive

I choose to have a life, not a knife