Take two children; imagine that they are born on the same day, in the same hospital. They live next door to each other, they play together and are set to go to the same primary and secondary school. Before they walk through the gates of school aged five we know that at the end of... 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
“I want to get a good degree and get good A-levels and I want to live in a nice big house, get my own business going and get married.” It was after school and the bell had just rang to mark the end of the school day as we continued to talk to pupils in... Find out more
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
The RSA recently hosted an event called ‘Are diverse communities possible?’ where Zachary Neal, assistant professor of Sociology and Global Urban Studies at Michigan State University, presented the potentially paradoxical relationship between neighbourhood integration and cohesion. This issue strongly resonates with the work we have been doing at The Young Foundation on community resilience. His... Find out more
How do you get the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to live on £53 per week? How do you get the first non-white President elected to the highest office in the Western world? And how do you get 1.6 billion people to watch a lesser known K-Pop star prance about on an imaginary... Find out more
Four years ago Lola and Sarah arrived in the UK homeless and with little English. Today they are setting up their own social enterprise. Now both fluent English speakers, they provide information, advice and guidance services to people in similar circumstances to those they had to overcome just a few years ago. When asked what... Find out more
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
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
Eva* was born in Egypt, to British and French parents. She speaks French, Italian and English fluently. In 1956 she was forced to leave Egypt and come to England with her mother. Never married, Eva used to live with her brother, but when he died 22 years ago she moved into sheltered accommodation. Here, at... Find out more
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