Are The Voices of Young People Being Heard? Still A Long Way to Go…

Following the successful conclusion of the London Youth Now programme, IARS is pleased to announce the release of its evaluation report “Youth Voices Matter”. The report is the output of the 5-year Big Lottery funded the “London Youth Now” programme. London Youth Now proved to be successful in developing tailored youth-led awareness and skills development activities that engaged young people and reportedly increased volunteers’ knowledge and confidence to participate in issues that affected their daily life. . Moreover, the programme benefited hundreds of youth organisations by promoting best practices. London Youth Now inspired youth organisations to involve young people by adopting genuine youth-led practices and replicating youth -led models such as the IARS Youth Advisory Board. Drawing on the experiences of involving more than 500 young people and 300 youth organisations across London, the report presents key recommendations of best practices for organisations that work directly with young people in areas such as social inclusion, equality, and social policy. The report contains details how to work in partnership with young people at all stages of their work in governance, service provision, and evaluation. One key finding is that despite the good intentions of youth organisations for youth- led involvement; there is a “long way to go” before an organic inclusion of young people’s voices is achieved both in our society and in the structures of the youth organisations. Cooperation, networking, and an exchange of best practices, experiences, and ideas are crucial in achieving genuine youth involvement that will overcome the barriers of youth social inclusion and will further enable young people to participate in society as equal members independent...