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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

Current UK Initiatives to Put Young People to Work

Date: June 28 2013

Posted by: Jon Huggett

The challenge in the UK Five years of recession in Britain have driven up youth unemployment (British Youth Council, 2012). Employers seem to be “hoarding” older employees (The Economist, 2013). Some estimate that up to a million young people in Britain are now not in education, employment or training (NEET) (Confederation of British Industry, 2011),... Find out more

Replication – an art or science?

Date: June 04 2013

Posted by: Shaun Whelan

The Tavistock Institute, commissioned by BIG Lottery to evaluate the Realising Ambition programme, has just released a report highlighting an interesting creative tension between adaptation and fidelity when replicating successful projects- that is, taking a programme that has been shown to work in one place and delivering it in a new place or to a... Find out more

Unlikely Takeover: A Third Way to Scale Social Enterprise

Date: May 17 2013

Posted by: Jon Huggett

When we try to scale social enterprise, we usually try one of two paths: growing small organizations or spreading ideas across a range of organizations to scale impact. One path less traveled is to leapfrog through converting a large business into a nonprofit social enterprise, which can more easily and effectively thrive and grow at... Find out more

No one wants advice, only collaboration*

Date: May 08 2013

Posted by: Tessa Hibbert

The news that the National Youth Agency are taking forward proposals to launch an Institute for Youth Work is hugely welcome.  Targeted at all those working and volunteering in the youth sector, the Institute will provide a common platform for youth workers to share and debate youth work practice,  further their professional development and provide a... Find out more

Throwing Good Money After Good

Date: May 03 2013

Posted by: Tricia Hackett

As the cuts continue to bite, and voluntary sector organisations are expected to do more with less, focus perhaps naturally turns to the costs of running these organisations. Last month Gina Miller prompted furore with her comments lambasting the ‘business-like structures’ involved in running charities. Just this week the Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network hosted a... Find out more

Getting to the root of the problem

Date: April 18 2013

Posted by: Tricia Hackett

This week, the new and independent Early Intervention Foundation was formally launched by the Prime Minister with cross-party support from Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. This is the latest initiative in the rapidly expanding field of early intervention approaches and programmes for children and young people. As funding becomes increasingly scarce across all sectors, the... Find out more

Let’s talk about stop and search

Date: March 12 2013

Posted by: Catherine Russell, Sophie Hostick-Boakye

Since the riots of Summer 2011, stop and search and poor relations between young people and the police in Tottenham have been prominent in the news. However, too often young people’s voices are missing from these debates, finding themselves spoken about, rather than to. In response, the Young Foundation was commissioned by a Tottenham-based college... Find out more

It’s getting to be a habit…but not quite yet

Date: February 20 2013

Posted by: Peter Gerry

Today the latest set of statistics on obesity, physical activity and diet were released. They paint an all too familiar picture. Levels of obesity are rising, and levels of physical activity continue to decline – despite last summer’s sporting successes. The Young Foundation outlined many of these issues in our report Move It, released last... Find out more

Evidence-based Thinking

Date: February 13 2013

Posted by: Laura Dosanjh

I was recently asked at a conference entitled “Crisis for Youth” whether enough was being done to ensure that public money on services for young people is spent as effectively as possible. The question was clearly a leading one. But how do we best demonstrate impact and make the case for funding services that really... Find out more