Cityzens Giving, Manchester City’s global community initiative, which supports Young Leaders around the world to change lives through the power of football, is back for its sixth year.
Since the launch of the campaign in 2014, City Football Group and its partners have contributed more than £3m to 20 projects around the world. This year they will once again be donating £400,000 and fans around the world will have the power to decide how the funding is split.
The more votes a project gets, the more funding it will receive.
This year’s six community football projects, which will be supported through funding and leadership training, are in Manchester, Melbourne, New York City, Mumbai, Philadelphia and Cape Coast, Ghana. The projects all use football as a tool to tackle challenging social issues.
Focusing on girls’ empowerment, social inclusion, safe water, connecting communities, education and providing safe spaces, the Cityzens Giving projects are all run by passionate Young Leaders, who share a combined love for football and a desire to make a positive difference. Over 1,000 Young Leaders have been trained and empowered to change lives through football since the first campaign in 2014.
Cityzens Giving will also unlock the expertise of City’s partners to support and amplify projects. Software experts, SAP, will be using their data analytics to measure the impact of projects in New York City, Manchester and beyond. Xylem, a global water technology company, will be bringing clean water access to the community in Cape Coast, and new City Football Group technology partner, Cisco, will be supporting the development of a STEM education curriculum in Mumbai.
Over the course of the six-week campaign, fans will hear first-hand from the Young Leaders in each of the six projects and will be asked to play an active role in supporting their work by voting for the one that resonates with them the most.
You can find out more about each project and vote for your preferred cause at: www.mancity.com/cityzensgiving
Ferran Soriano, Chief Executive of City Football Group, said: “At City Football Group we are incredibly proud of Cityzens Giving. Over the past five years the campaign has gone from strength to strength and we are passionate about letting our fans choose from projects around the world and empowering our Young Leaders to inspire their local communities.
“The sixth year of the Cityzens Giving campaign sees more young people than ever before connecting with their communities and using football to find solutions to the social issues they are facing. More than 10,000 young people around the world are now engaged each year through our Cityzens Giving projects.
“Our Cityzens decide where the effort and the money go, making a positive difference in the world through the power of football.”
The Cityzens Giving campaign runs until 24 December. Keep an eye out for detailed stories of our six Young Leaders and their projects and make sure to choose your cause.