YFF invited to Number 10 and mentioned in PM’s speech

Jul 16, 2019

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. She said:

“It has been a pleasure to hear first-hand about some of the great work being done by the coaches, artists, teachers, business leaders and role models, all of you, in this room.

And, at a time when the headlines about young people are all too often bleak, it has been simply inspiring to talk to those of you who have benefited from that work.

Because what this event proves more than anything is that nothing is set in stone.

Nobody should assume that their future leads only one way, nobody should be written off as a hopeless case.”

The event was packed with inspirational role models with compelling stories about how young people can defy the odds to achieve their dreams, going on to make a positive impact in their communities and inspiring those around them. The PM made explicit reference to both Jamal Edwards and John McAvoy who have both shattered the expectations of those around them to go on to become a multi-million pound businessman and an Iron Man triathlete respectively.
Young people speak the PM
May continued:
“This is why the government is putting almost £300 million into our Youth Endowment Fund and Youth Futures Foundation, making sure the money is there for groups and projects that can make a difference.”
The event was a positive reminder of the great work that is happening, particularly at a local and grassroots level. You can read the PM’s full speech here.

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.
We are beginning the Expression of Interest stage now, as we expect to require evaluators to start working with projects in summer 2020. However, at this stage we will only select a small number of teams, given that some of our funding activities are likely to be delayed by the Covid 19 pandemic. We anticipate there will be further opportunities to join the panel in the future.


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. 


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