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

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

Parliamentary event

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 aims to dispel negative stereotypes of young people, and promote their involvement in decision-making processes and civic life. It has given hundreds of young people a chance to present their own experiences and concerns to key public figures via its multimedia platform. It is supported by the Nominet Trust and individual donations.

Professor Gavrielides said: “The Young and Unemployed event at Parliament marks an important time when new policies for tackling youth employment are being proposed in party manifestos. Young people and youth organizations are in a unique position to contribute to current debates on the future economic and social wellbeing of young individuals living in the UK. IARS is pleased to be hosting the 99% Campaign. I hope that our young people’s voices can inspire those in power to bring about a change. We need as much support as possible so please consider joining”.

Notes to Editors

Contact: Andriana Ntziadima – IARS Promotions & Resources Manager || 02078200945| 07833224442|

About The Young and Unemployed: Impact and opportunities panel

Tuesday 25 March 2014, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Committee Room 15, Cromwell Green Entrance

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. New findings indicate an increased rate of depression among young people, while other research has claimed that one in five children born in the Millennium are at risk of becoming NEETs.

About IARS

IARS is a UK-based leading, international think-tank with a charitable mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society. IARS achieves its charitable aims by producing evidence-based solutions to current social problems, sharing best practice and by supporting young people and the community to shape decision-making. IARS is an international expert in criminal justice, restorative justice, human rights and inclusion citizenship, public service and user-led research. To find out more about IARS go to:

About 99% Campaign

The 99% Campaign is a youth-led initiative that aims to dispel negative stereotypes of young people, and promote their involvement in decision-making processes and civic life. The campaign is hosted by Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS), an independent think-tank with a charitable mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society.

About London Youth Now

London Youth Now is a policy awareness raising and training project funded by the Big Lottery Fund. It seeks to ensure that young people and organizations working with them can promote community cohesion by involving young people from a diverse range of backgrounds in policy, service design and service delivery. The project offers volunteering opportunities to disadvantaged young Londoners who are likely to be excluded from decision-making processes and discussions around how policies and services for young people are implemented.

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About Nominet Trust

Nominet Trust is the UK’s only dedicated Tech for Good funder. The Trust believes in harnessing the power of digital technology to improve lives and communities. A UK registered charity, Nominet Trust brings together, invests in and supports people committed to using digital technology to create social and economic value. Nominet Trust has invested in hundreds of projects since its inception, providing business support as well as financial investment, seeking to connect projects to prospective partners who can help increase their reach and impact. Nominet Trust was founded in 2008 by Nominet, the not-for-profit organisation responsible for the smooth and secure running of the .uk internet infrastructure. Nominet has a strong public purpose and the Trust is one example of its commitment to creating a safer, accessible and diverse internet:

Nominet Trust CEO Annika Small says about the 99% Campaign, “At a time when negative perceptions of young people are on the increase, projects like the 99% Campaign are offering a vital platform to help dispel these stereotypes by promoting their involvement in civil society. We at Nominet Trust are excited by the role that technology can play in giving voice to the most marginalized young people and in scaling up the 99% Campaign across the UK.”

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