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.
Youth Futures Foundation has announced a new partnership with the British Youth Council to put young people’s voices at the heart of all the not-for-profit’s activities. They are inviting charities and organisations working with young people who face barriers to…
In a guest blog, Tris Dyson, Managing Director of Nesta Challenges, explains how the Nesta Rapid Recovery Challenge awards will build on proven solutions to support young people into work.
Our Head of Strategy, Anna Darnell, talks about the crisis of youth unemployment in The Face magazine.
Youth Futures Foundation Chief Executive, Anna Smee, issues a call to action to tackle rising youth unemployment.
Today we are publishing our evidence paper of what works to create successful co-located employment services to support young people into meaningful work.
The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced a new Job Support Scheme, to start in November, replacing the ‘furlough scheme’.
Board member Alex Morawski talks to Channel 4 News about the challenges of looking for work for young people.
We’re calling on policymakers to act now to prevent record levels of unemployed young people after furlough ends.
We are looking for a Research Manager to join our small, focussed team responsible for conducting and commissioning high quality, robust research.
Nesta launches new £2.8M COVID-19 recovery challenge to help people find jobs and manage their finances.
Youth Futures announces new Impact and Evidence team, led by Chris Goulden.
The Youth Futures Foundation (YFF) is seeking a delivery partner to work with us over two years to train, support and facilitate our Future Voices Group (FVG).
Why the latest ONS labour market statistics show young people are slipping through the net.
BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures Foundation announce new £6 million fund to tackle youth unemployment.
Youth Futures Foundation welcomes measures announced by the chancellor to support young people into employment.
CEO of Youth Futures Foundation, Anna Smee, responds to the Prime Minister’s New Deal speech.
As part of Employability Day 2020, we hear from our very own Deuvaunn Darroux on his experiences and views on employability support and what the road ahead for services looks like. My name is Deuvaunn. I’m 19 years old and Executive…
Youth Futures Foundation along with over 200 organisations across the UK, has signed an open letter to the Prime Minister, calling on the Government to publicly commit to a new Opportunity Guarantee. The UK is experiencing the biggest economic crisis in 300 years, and on Tuesday 16th June latest figures…
We have joined forces with over 200 organisations across the UK to ask for an #OpportunitiesGuarantee. We call on the Government to publicly commit to an Opportunity Guarantee – that everyone who is unemployed will have the help that they…
We welcome the announcement by the Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, of the release of £150m dormant assets funding in response to Covid-19. The Youth Futures Foundation will deploy £10 million to launch…
Who are the young people struggling to access the labour market? And what do we know about supporting them into jobs? The Youth Futures Foundation has co-produced a new report looking at these timely questions.
What works when it comes to getting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into employment? The Youth Futures Foundation has commissioned research to help inform practice and policy making at this crucial time for young people
Youth Futures Foundation announced today the appointment of two young members to its board of directors. Joel Davis and Alex Morawski (pictured R-L) were selected following an open call for applicants, aged between 16-25 years, who have direct or indirect experience of facing challenges when trying to get into work.
Youth Futures Foundation is starting to build a panel of evaluators with the relevant skills and experience to conduct high quality evaluations of youth employment initiatives funded through our Impact grants. This is an opportunity to play a founding role in this collaborative endeavour to generate robust findings that can be used to improve outcomes for disadvantaged young people.
Youth Futures welcome the latest UK data on youth employment released by ONS today, which show a continued rise in the number of young people who are in education, training or work.
‘A few weeks into my new job and I am working with our committed team to refine our strategy and pave the way for the Youth Futures grants programme to open in the first quarter of 2020.’ New CEO, Anna Smee, outlines way forward for Youth Futures Foundation.
We are recruiting for two additional Directors to join our current Board and both roles are reserved for young people living in England who have direct or indirect experience of facing challenges when trying to get into work.
The Youth Futures foundation is seeking a strategic partner to deliver end to end grant-making administrative services for our first grant-making round.
Youth Futures team have been hosting and facilitating conversations in Manchester, Bolton, Blackpool and Liverpool around understanding the local provision of services available to young people who face overcoming barriers to finding a job.
Coco reflects on her experience of taking part in one of our Youth consultations and why emphasises why feeling listened to is so empowering.
Youth Futures Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of 3 new Board members. Sir Tony Hawkhead, Jenny North and Sir Simon Woolley joined YFF’s Board on September 1st. “I am delighted that we have been able to attract people…
Over the past several weeks YFF have been carrying out a series of consultations with young people across the country to get their input into our strategy. We have also been asking what ‘meaningful employment’ means to them. The feedback…
This blog details how Youth Futures Foundation came to be. A recommended read for anyone curious about how a new organisation emerged with £90m of funding and wondering what our strategic aims are.
Youth Futures Foundation is delighted to announce that Anna Smee has been appointed as its first CEO. Anna will join in November.
Last month we carried out our interviews for the exciting and important role of CEO of YFF. As part of this process, we held a day of youth panel assessments for shortlisted candidates to set out their vision for YFF to a group of five young people.
From St James’ Park to Middlesbrough Council. Last week we had the pleasure of visiting Newcastle and Middlesbrough, speaking to young people, organisations and services who are working hard to support young people into employment.
What works on youth unemployment? Submit your evidence.
YFF have commissioned the Institute for Employment Studies to lead an initial evidence review. This will seek out the most relevant and high-quality available evidence from around the world about supporting young people a long way from the labour market into sustained and meaningful employment.
Last week we were thrilled to attend a parliamentary reception to celebrate the dormant assets scheme and publicise the impact it is having on good causes.
Our Chair, Joe Montgomery, was pleased to attend the positive opportunities reception at 10 Downing Street. Touching on the issues affecting young people today from knife-crime to homelessness, the PM also drew attention to positive stories and solutions.
Youth Futures Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of two new members to our board; Dame Julia Cleverdon and Laura-Jane Rawlings, who join our Chair Joe Montgomery as non-executive directors of YFF. They bring with them diverse networks and unrivalled insights from their extensive experience working in the youth sector.
We are looking for three Board Members to provide governance of high quality and rigour whilst having the ambition to deliver real impact. Having recently appointed a Chair and two initial Board members, a full Board is now being appointed and appropriate governance structures put in place to oversee the development and delivery of YFF.
An inspiring morning at UnLtd – the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, learning how they improve access to employment through their support of social enterprises and social entrepreneurs. It was great to hear from the UnLtd team about this different model for having impact and also how they structure themselves and operate across the country.
This morning we were kindly hosted at QED Foundation where Founder and Chief Executive, Dr Mohammed Ali and Deputy Chief Executive, Adeeba Malik spent the morning briefing us on QED’s work delivering training and employment services to disadvantaged communities in Bradford, and the issues inhibiting British Asian communities from entering employment.
Today we met with the Talent Match Daniel Shoultz and Sonia Archer from London Youth, who were kind enough to share with us their experiences of working with a place-based model. Their innovative employment programme is for 18-24 year olds living or accessing services in Croydon who have been out of education or work for a year or more.
A new, independent, not-for-profit organisation, the Youth Futures Foundation has today announced Joe Montgomery as its Founding Chair. The Youth Futures Foundation exists to support those young people furthest from the labour market into meaningful employment, helping them to reach their full potential.