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Ideas, as well as people, now move more freely. We have put new models, drawn from other classes and other parts of the world, before the local people, creating new aspirations and new ideas.
Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957

#YFWeekly International Women’s Day Edition


Date: March 08 2017


On International Women’s Day 2017, our weekly news brief celebrates the work of women and highlights how our research and partnering organisations are working to tackle continuing gender inequalities.



Date: February 20 2017


Bringing you some highlights from across the three areas of our work; social innovation and investment, work with communities and research.

Young Foundation supports Uprising’s latest venture to create One Million Mentors


Date: February 16 2017


For a young person today, working out who you are and what you want to do is one of the key challenges you face upon entering adulthood. For those that face inequalities, this process can be especially laden with pitfalls and barriers. Our mission at The Young Foundation, to confront the inequalities that undermine our economy and corrode our wellbeing, means that we work on and with a fantastic… → Read More

Expanding grammar schools in the UK perpetuates the dangerous myth of meritocracy

Date: | Posted by: Hannah Kitcher

Date: December 12 2016

Posted by: Hannah Kitcher


Lifting the ban on new grammar schools is part of Theresa May’s desire for “Britain to be the world’s great meritocracy[1]”and today marks the end of the public consultation the Government launched on this issue. But if the expansion of grammar schools marks progress towards a more meritocratic society is this necessarily a good thing?… → Read More

Young Academy London 2015: Open for Applications

Date: | Posted by: Seva Phillips

Date: April 08 2015

Posted by: Seva Phillips

Not a month goes by without a headline drawing our attention to consequences of a deeply unequal education system. If these stories aren’t sad enough in themselves, what’s more worrying is the risk that they just become part of the news furniture, something that we just accept as an everyday fact about our society. That’s… → Read More