UK Youth is the largest national body for the youth sector with a network reaching over 830,500 young people.
Our Vision: a bright future for every young person, whatever their background or circumstance.
Our Mission: to work hand in hand with young people – and the dedicated organisations supporting them – to develop the skills, belief, courage and leadership to build a bright future.
We achieve our mission by giving young people a voice so they can influence the world around them, creating innovative and inspiring national programmes, and supporting the youth development organisations in our membership. In this way young people transition from childhood to adulthood with the capabilities they need to become happy, healthy, valued members of the community, fully equipped to access employment and achieve their aspirations.
Meet the team who are working in partnership with the UK Youth network to bring Generation Code to young people across the UK.
Christina Watson – Head of Programmes
Rachel Toogood – Project Manager
Generation Code is funded by Microsoft, through their global initiative Microsoft YouthSpark, whose aim is to promote digital skills amongst youth, empowering them to achieve more for themselves, their families and their communities. Microsoft believe all young people should have access to computer science education regardless of the career they pursue and are committed to ensuring that young people understand how technology works, as well as how to create, apply and use it.
Through the YouthSpark initiative, Microsoft has created opportunities such as Generation Code, for young people around the world to learn computer science by building the capacity of teachers, trainers and non-profit organisations. They have so far created educational, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for more than 300 million youth around the world.
Supporters of Generation Code
The Micro:bit Foundation believe that ‘in the future, every child will be an inventor’. Using the BBC micro:bit, a fun, handheld, easily programmable computer, the Micro:bit Foundation are enabling children around the world to get creative with technology and invent in school, clubs and at home and to develop the vital digital skills that are sought by employers in today’s world!
Thanks to the Micro:bit Foundation, Generation Code has provided 5000 BBC micro:bits to participating youth clubs across the UK to allow young people to get creative using the Generation Code curriculum.
STEM Learning are working to achieve a world-leading education for all young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Network manages the STEM Ambassadors programme, an important and exciting, free-of-charge resource for young people and those who work with young people across the UK. STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from a wide range of STEM-related jobs and disciplines, who offer their time and enthusiasm to enrich young people’s knowledge of STEM subjects and pathways. They are supporting Generation Code by sharing their knowledge and experience to offer young people a new and inspiring perspective of coding and career opportunities.
Tablet Academy support educational institutions in transforming teaching and learning through the adoption of new technologies. Tablet Academy believe the ability to use technology is becoming fundamental to a young person’s development and focus on identifying and removing any barriers that slow the advancement in the use of technology in education.