UK Youth

Should Free Time Be a Right?

Nicky Goulder | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nicky Goulder

These people can be of any age, ethnicity or gender. They always put someone else's needs and welfare before their own, often without recognition or praise. Many have little chance to socialise, which can lead to isolation; and they have an overwhelming sense of responsibility. Who am I talking about? The UK's 'hidden workforce' of unpaid carers.

The Government Are Destroying the Futures of Young People: we Cannot Suffer in Silence

Tom Bailey | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Bailey

In 2005, David Cameron was elected as leader of the Conservatives in the hope that his youthful and moderate image would appeal to younger voters. He ...

Could a Gender Balanced Parliament Exist in the UK? Once Again, Young People Pave the Way

Owen Winter | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

The House of Commons cannot make decisions in the interests of the people whilst it is so unequal. When I sit on the green benches on Friday, there will be an even split of young men and women. Let's hope that the House of Commons catches up within my lifetime.

No Light at the End of the Tunnel for the EU's Youth

Rob Comley | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rob Comley

Across Europe, Eurosceptic student groups are gradually coming together. They see the need for less government, not more. They realise the EU has been a cause of their troubles - or at least a symptom of the cause - which has done next to nothing to cure their problems. Just like many countries on the continent, Britain's youth is finally realising, the only way to truly solve this crisis is to Get Britain Out of the EU.

I Am Forgetting to Live

Maliha Reza | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Maliha Reza

I hope both you and I read this in a few years and realise we learnt how to live in our own ways. I hope we learn more every day and I hope memories that we made become (in time) something we come to treasure rather than despise.

Youth, Violence and Extremism: The Urgency of a Counter-narrative

Simon O'Connell | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK
Simon O'Connell

If we are going to reduce violence and conflict in some of the most fragile places in the world, youth are going to be the ones to lead. We must not simply clamp down on youth as the trouble-makers, the dissenters, and isolate them. We must engage with youth and the opportunities they bring, offering them a new narrative and a better vision for the future.

Don't Hound the Hackers - Question Our Inability to Engage Them

Gi Fernando | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Tech
Gi Fernando

Young people like Aaron Sterrit are capable of breaking down security walls, but they are also capable of making them stronger. The proverbial bike thief employed by the police to help identify top spots for bike theft has become the young digital pro who can spot the cracks in a firewall.

Designer Brands: It's Time to Start Selling to Your Real Customers Not Imaginary Ones

Jan Shure | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Style
Jan Shure

If it is actual customers, why do most of the ads feature exquisite but dishevelled 13-year-olds when, with a few exceptions (perhaps the tiny band of rich, young yummy-mummies or actresses living in Notting Hill or Primrose Hill) the demographic which can actually afford these clothes is the over-50s.

Unlocking Potential: Children Held in Isolation

Anne Longfield | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Politics
Anne Longfield

The BBC's latest film presents Mini's life as one long missed opportunity, in spite of his potential. My hope is that these changes help us to avoid turning out another generation of missed opportunities.

Millennials? Y-ers? Z-ers? AA-ers? Can We Please Sort Out Our Generations?

William Higham | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK
William Higham

Teenagers today are probably the most observed and analysed generation ever. So it's ironic that we're unable to come up with a definitive name for th...

It's Time to Get Students Out of the Pressure-Cooker Classrooms Created by League Tables and Ofsted

Charlie Rigby | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Rigby

New research this week revealed that rising numbers of university students are struggling to cope with life at university, with sharp rises in the demand for counselling. This is a worrying find and an issue which from my experience must be tackled much earlier in the education process.

Six Ways Young People Think Job Centres Need to Change...

Richard Hughes | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Hughes

With youth unemployment stuck above pre-recession levels and the Government due to introduce a new Youth Obligation - the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at getting young people into work - YMCA went out and spoke to young people about the support they currently get and what they felt was needed to help them into work.

Seven Reasons Why Islamic Societies are the Best Societies on Campus

Haseeb Hamid | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Haseeb Hamid

The beginning of a new university year has dawned upon us. Many of us will be looking to try out new clubs and societies this year, perhaps to learn a new skill, find a new way to relax or even broaden our social circle. Freshers will have been inundated with leaflets, sign up forms and free goodies from a wide array of societies on campus who are desperate for new members.

To All Young Entrepreneurs

Camilla Ley-Valentin | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Camilla Ley-Valentin

It is amazing that the proportion of young entrepreneurs is growing steadily. I choose to see this as a tentative sign that the attitude to entreprene...

Hear Our Voices - Young Africans Decry Poor Quality Education

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Politics
Charles Mwangi Waituru

Just two weeks ago a young Kenyan volunteer called Felix Owino was invited to London to represent African youth at the first ever Youth Summit hosted ...

Putting the Young at the Heart of Policymaking Is the Key to Tackling Youth Unemployment

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

"What needs to be done to reduce record levels of youth unemployment, and how can we ensure that the young are equipped for the world of work?" That was the question we asked ourselves this week, when 15 young people from the North East came to Brussels to hear what the European Parliament and Commission are doing to support their generation.

How Young People Are Saving the World

Philip Goodwin | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Last Saturday I had the privilege of attending the first ever Youth Summit in London, organised by the UK government's Department for International De...

Confronting the Education Gap

One Young World | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
One Young World

After meeting at the One Young World Summit in Johannesburg in 2013, Vugar Adigozalov from Azerbaijan and Tamila Mukhamedyarova from Tajikistan combin...

Why Middle-class Kids Are Dressing Like LA 'Gang Bangers'

Jonathan Ilan | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK
Jonathan Ilan

Four years after the fear and fury over the UK riots, and some months after the much hyped displeasure about Britain's top grime MCs performing with K...

The 'Multiplier Effect' - Mentoring the Next Generation of Youth Advocates

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

"Our advocates are so vibrant and vocal, but we know they won't always be there and so mentoring should always be a process, a chain, where one person...

I'm Not 'Another Myth Put About By Pro-Europeans'

Ella Marshall | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Marshall

If you still disagree with votes at 16, I dare you to label my peers and I as childish as we assemble and organise ourselves. In your conviction you won't be aware of the campaign's success until we are queuing up outside the polling station with you.

Giving Tips to the Powerful: No Pledge for Youth Without Youth

One Young World | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
One Young World

The OECD suggests that young people are more likely to experience poverty than their parents. It is precisely facts like this that set alarm bells ringing: youth must be included in decision-making.

'Every Good Deed is an Act of Charity'

Yousaf Aftab | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Yousaf Aftab

Kamal Aftab, who has died aged 33, was a youth mentor, fundraising champion and optometrist. He was also my younger brother. Originally from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, Kamal died at Leeds' Saint James's University Hospital on the 7 August 2015 after a six-week battle against Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. My brother's passion was simple, but vast: it was the service of humanity.

Youth Clubs: Helping Young People Find their Voice

Ruby Wright | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ruby Wright

Youth clubs in the UK provide a similar function to the ones in Bangladesh. Young people have the chance to help in the community, play sports, and receive vocational training. In Bangladesh, this is where VSO volunteers came in - training youth club staff and organising vocational courses for youth club members.

US President - Barack Obama's Impact on African Youth

Meron Semedar | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Meron Semedar

In July 2015, US President Barack Obama became the first sitting President to visit the Horn of Africa, as well as Kenya, his father's place of birth....