Youth Social Action

Big Question: How can character be developed through youth social action?

The Centre has conducted research into the practice of youth social action and how young people can make acts of service into a lifelong habit. Engaging in meaningful social action can have a recognised ‘double benefit’ to both the recipient of the social action and the individual undertaking it, for the positive development of character.

Character, Service and Civic Virtue: Celebrating the Double Benefit explores the Centre’s work in the field of youth social action. This exhibition reflects on research in to ‘the double benefit’, showcases the impact and legacy of the Step Up to Serve partnership, and celebrates the variety of engagements which the Centre has coordinated to help realise the benefits of service for young people. 


Youth social action in schools: Connecting community and character

Webinar – Tuesday 11th May – 16:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

As part of the Centre’s 2021 webinar series, a free webinar titled ‘Youth social action in schools: Connecting community and character‘ was held on Tuesday 11th May 2021, 16:00 to 17:00 (GMT), which provided insights about, and practical approaches for, building social action with a character focus. Aimed at any educator interested in developing social action and volunteering in schools, those who attended learned more about the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of successful approaches to social action – including how these approaches provide young people with opportunities to learn about, and with, their communities.

You can watch a recording of this webinar below:


The Centre’s two leading research reports Building Character Through Youth Social Action and A Habit of Service provide an evidence base, the partnership the Centre has established with the #iwill campaign has facilitated access to multiple and varied charities, young people, and policymakers seeking to explore the benefits of social action with young people.

You can access a summary of the Jubilee Centre’s research into youth social action here:


You can access information about the individual reports and publications via the links below:



Centre Reports


Collaborative Reports