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Prince Charles to launch youth volunteer scheme

Prince Charles is to launch a campaign to boost the numbers of young volunteers in a bid to curb gang violence.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, the Prince of Wales said street murders can occur because young people lack structured activities and that he was inspired to encourage volunteering by the death of 16-year-old Jimmy Mizen.

Charles will launch the youth volunteer campaign at Buckingham Palace this week. Credit: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

Charles will join the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition at Buckingham Palace this week along with 50 young people to launch a pledge campaign called #iwill.

Charles said that currently only 29 per cent of young people volunteer regularly, but wants 50 per cent of youngsters aged 10-20 to volunteer by 2020.