The Youth Futures Foundation is a new, independent, not for profit organisation set up to tackle youth unemployment with a £90million endowment from the Reclaim Fund We are looking for bold and impactful ways to help young people find and keep good jobs. There are over 750,000 young people not in education or employment in the UK. Young people are twice as likely to be unemployed than older adults in the labour market and BAME and disadvantaged young people disproportionately bear the brunt of it.
The Youth Futures Foundation will be tackling the issue on many fronts and looking to partner with organisations, charities, local authorities, social enterprises, employers, government and of course young people to get to the heart of the issues that have resulted in too many individuals failing to thrive and contribute fully to our economy. We are committed to giving young people from diverse backgrounds access to meaningful work in which they can progress. Our aim is to address the root causes of youth unemployment and under employment, which are often complex and interrelated. This will take time and patience and it begins with understanding what does and doesn’t work.
The Youth Futures Foundation is committed to:
- Equipping young people from diverse backgrounds to access and progress in work
- Removing structural and systemic barriers to employment and progression
Our newly launched grants programme forms just one part of our ambitious strategy. We recognise that whilst developing and supporting young people will go some way towards tackling youth unemployment and under employment, these are systemic issues. We are seeking a significant change in national behaviour that dramatically improves the number of young people accessing – and progressing in – work.
Transforming young lives
We are seeking a significant change in national behaviour that dramatically improves the number of young people accessing – and progressing in – work
We will fund organisations and apply rigorous evaluation methods to determine what works and together in partnership will help grow good practice
We will build a coalition of like-minded people to close the employment gap by understanding and highlighting structural and systemic barriers
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When we launched our first funding programme last year, we had a clear ambition: to find, invest in, support and evaluate promising approaches that ensure that all young people have fair access to good quality jobs.
Introducing six members of our grants panel who are bringing their passion, experience and expertise to our grant-making decisions.
Comment on the latest labour market statistics which show that under-25s account for three fifths of the fall in employment.
Youth Futures Foundation publishes its current grants portfolio representing an investment of over £5million to improve job outcomes for young people who face disadvantage or discrimination.
Youth Futures Foundation is delighted to announce the membership of its Future Voices Group, 13 young people who will act as ambassadors for the organisation and inform its strategy and work.
Young people are being hardest hit by the downturn in the labour market, says An Unequal Crisis: The impact of the pandemic on the youth labour market, a new report published by Youth Futures Foundation today (12 February 2021).
Charlie Howard, aged 20, joined Youth Future’s Foundation as a Finance Officer Apprentice in October 2020.
Digital Communications co-ordinator, Rebecca Omereye, spoke to him about taking the apprenticeship route and his plans for the future.
The Spending Review is a missed opportunity to support young people into jobs and invest for the future.
Chris Goulden comments on how the rise in the number of young people staying in full-time education pushing down NEET numbers.
Youth Futures Foundation and BBC Children in Need announce the grant recipients of the £7 millon Inspiring Futures fund.
Deuvaunn Darroux joins the Youth Futures Foundation as Strategy Officer Apprentice.
Director of Impact and Evidence, Chris Goulden, reports back from the ERSA Kickstart Forum
Jason Arthur joins Youth Futures Foundation as Director of Strategy and Innovation.
New Heads of Grants Dilys Winterkorn and Lekan Ojumu join Director Matthew Poole (pictured centre) in the Grants and Investment team.