Young and Unemployed: A Generational problem? The 99% Campaign in Parliament

Young and Unemployed: A Generational problem? The 99% Campaign in Parliament

On Tuesday 25 March, the 99% Campaign, a youth-led initiative run by the international charity, IARS, is hosting a panel at Parliament to discuss the long term social and mental health implications of unemployment. Tuesday’s panel will include a selected group of cross party MPs, young people and youth organisations. Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS Founder Director, will open the discussion and invite Labour MP Sarah Champion and Conservative MP Tim Loughton to offer their thoughts on tackling youth unemployment. 100 young people, decision makers and opinion formers are confirmed to attend. Labour MP, Sarah Champion said: “In Britain today, over a million young people are still unemployed.  We need to act urgently to change this, or we will be faced with a generational problem that manifests itself well into the future.  Our young people are our future business leaders, engineers, and scientists so it great to see initiatives like the 99% Campaign champion the voice of young people and provides them with the much needed space to express their views on issues that really matter to them. I am supporting this event because I strongly believe we must act now to help them get the skills and experience to develop the career they deserve.” Rhian Johns, Director of Policy and Campaigns at Impetus-PEF and Linsday Owen, Senior Head of Public Affairs at Prince’s Trust will also speak at the event to discuss research findings on NEETs and mental health impacts of long term unemployment, and young campaigners, from the international charity, Progressio, will contribute to these discussions by drawing on the importance of volunteering opportunities for British youth. The 99% Campaign...
Looking Beyond Negative Stereotypes of Young People

Looking Beyond Negative Stereotypes of Young People

Considering the still fragile state of youth employment in the UK it is no surprise that job prospects are high on the mind of young people today. When society is concerned over the impact of irresponsible portrayals of sex on young people to the extent, it makes headlines and sparks debate, why does the media not recognise the potential impact of their own negative coverage? The impact of “image pressure” coming from media representations, for example, has been widely discussed, along with the potentially devastating effects of cyberbullying. According to a new report by Demos, an analysis of six UK newspapers over the past 10 years found that the words most often linked with “teenagers”, “youth” and “young people” were “binge-drinking”, “yobs” and “crime”. It also said four in five teens felt they are unfairly represented in the media and, of these, 85% said this is affecting their chances of getting a job.  Yet this is nothing new, Dr. Abigail Wills argues in her own analysis of anti-social youth in Britain throughout history. All generations have ‘ardently believed that an unprecedented “crisis” in youth behaviour is taking place’ when in fact there is no evidence to suggest that youth are becoming more immoral, whether this be comic books or ‘video nasties’. Today concerns primarily deal with ‘the decline in mutual respect and social cohesion, the dominance of anti-social behaviour, materialism and the cult of celebrity. While these concerns do have some basis, to judge all young people by these representations is unfair. Demos based their own conclusions on a survey of more than 1,000 people aged 14 to 17...
Vinspired, Get Involved!

Vinspired, Get Involved!

These days, the headlines are dominated by negative, unrepresentative, news about young people. For the 114 leaders at Team V, a national campaigning project run by the volunteering charity Vinspired, the current situation needs to change.. As a Team V Leader, I have seen first-hand how Vinspired promotes issues that young people care about, and, for many, gives them the opportunity to volunteer as well. Each leader has their own team of volunteers who helps them carry out the campaign. This helps us to gain some leadership experience and in turn, helps the volunteers to gain or develop skills they need. For the first campaign, The Sustainable Generation, many of us held workshops and stunts on upcycling along with discussions about ways in which young people can be environmentally friendly in their own way. The second campaign, Love is…, which ended, aimed to inform and educate young people to make their own decisions on healthy relationships. A discussion on Twitter on 15th February engaged up to 500,000 young people in a discussion about Sex and Relationships Education and what is acceptable in a relationship. Many leaders have been using a smaller sliding scale activity at their pop up events in order to gauge local opinion on the issue. On March 15, the leaders will gather again to find out what the last campaign is and the last challenge will entail. I know that I and many fellow leaders will be ready to put in as much effort as possible. A results video for campaign 2 will be out soon. Additional to the training that leaders receive they will also...
99% Campaign Parliamentary event – youth unemployment and opportunities

99% Campaign Parliamentary event – youth unemployment and opportunities

IARS’ two youth-led projects, The 99% Campaign and London Youth Now, will be holding a Parliamentary event at 6.30 – 8.30pm, March 25th in Committee Room 15, Cromwell Green entrance. The Parliamentary event will discuss the long term social and mental health implications of unemployment, and what opportunities are available for young people to feel empowered and to build their skills through international opportunities. With new research published by the Prince’s Trust and Impetus-PEF, the impact of unemployment and the mental health consequences among young people is no longer a simple economic challenge, but a growing social concern. We will bring together young people with MPs, youth organisations to address the current difficulties in finding a job in the current climate. Please join us in this Parliamentary event as we hear from young speakers who are directly affected by unemployment challenges, Labour MP, Sarah Champion, Conservative MP, Tim Loughton and speakers from Prince’s Trust, Progressio and Impetus-PEF. Young people are encouraged to express their opinions on the topic and at the Q&A session. MPs will be asking the young panellists and audience members to discuss their thoughts about tackling unemployment and their experiences of finding a job. We would greatly appreciate it if you could RSVP by...