Building on our long heritage of seeking to understand and involve communities in issues that directly affect them, The Young Foundation has today launched a landmark programme of research, focussed on understanding what it really feels like to live in a society characterised by contagion and containment. As the pandemic spreads on a global scale, we... Find out more
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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
Young Foundation launches UK-wide programme to understand the impact of Covid-19 on communities. The coronavirus Covid-19 is radically changing the way we go about our day-to-day lives. It’s shifting where we turn for help and support and how we interact with friends, family and neighbours. We are inviting you to participate in the largest UK... Find out more
To say that these times are unprecedented would be an understatement. Within the span of one week, our entire country, and nearly a quarter of the globe, has immediately needed to adapt to new ways of working, new ways of operating and new ways of communicating with colleagues, friends and families. The last few days have been... Find out more
The Young Academy is our innovation support programme and social investment fund for tackling education inequality. Through our portfolio of social ventures, the networks of schools in which we work, and the teachers we support, we are not only hearing about all the difficulties and understandable frustrations and worries that Covid-19 is presenting, but also... Find out more
The Young Foundation rounded off 2019 with the ‘Hear Our Stories’ screening at Canada Water Theatre. This celebratory evening premiered the fantastic films created by four local charities over the course of our participatory video training generously funded by the Postcode Lottery. A night of films and talks showcased the incredible achievements of the groups... Find out more
‘‘[This process] has made me think about the importance of storytelling through video and the powerful impact you can make in a few minutes” Member of ParaPride Over the past two months, four London charities have experienced the process of Participatory Video (PV) at the Young Foundation. Members of ParaPride and the Black Heroes Foundation made... Find out more
We are delighted to announce the conversion of our investment in Smart School Councils. Smart School Councils is one of 16 investments made by the Young Academy Investment Fund. The fund was established to reduce educational inequality through making social impact-led investments in early stage education ventures. Smart School Councils offers an online tool and... Find out more
Have you ever come across the idea of ‘hysterical strength’ – the extraordinary power that affords people ‘superhuman’ strength at times of extreme danger? We’ve all heard stories of people suddenly being able to lift cars and trees off squashed people, throw people out of danger or run for our lives – literally. These stories... Find out more
The Evolving Role of Social Innovation across Europe. A 2019 Perspective. This is a summary of a talk given at the Catalonia Association of Public Universities in Barcelona on 18th September 2019. The event convened business, civil society, academia and government to explore a new agenda for supporting social innovation in Catalonia. In this keynote,... Find out more
Participatory Video with Four London Charities with support from the People’s Postcode Trust “Participatory Video leaves people with a greater sense of who they are and how they can interact with the rest of the world. It is a very powerful medium because getting people to tell their own stories is more powerful than having... Find out more