This is my story; I grew up in Bristol during the 1980s, coming from what would now be described as a ‘white working class family’ with limited life chances that were compounded by attending a failing secondary school.
I’m lucky enough to lead O2’s programmes to support young people reach their potential. And as you can imagine from a company at the heart of the digital movement, tech plays an important role.
This year’s Youth Work Week is focused around social mobility and the role youth work can play in supporting it – Fair Chances: how youth work helps young people to brighter futures.
Nowadays you can’t walk down the street without your smartphone, smartwatch or tablet pinging; we use our smartphones for everything; from the food shop down to finding love.
Young people believe that climate change is the most serious issue facing their future. Ice caps are melting, habitats are being destroyed, animals are becoming extinct and humans are losing their homes from the effects of climate change. Millennials want to take action.
The Prime Minister has unveiled a significant package of support for young people this week. The Youth Investment Fund is worth £40m and is accompanied by a further £40m to social action organisation Step up to Serve to support young people volunteering in the community.
After the result of the EU referendum everyone is facing a future with a degree of uncertainty. This is especially true for young people.
On an average day I go through dead patches where nothing at all seems to download on my phone. Then amazingly the wind will blow or the sun comes out and I move into zones with almost instantaneous 4G.
Leicester City Football Club celebrate their against-the-odds victory today with an open top bus tour round the city. Thousands of people are expected to turn out, and as Leicester dwellers, NYA staff will be out waving their flags too.
A recent report from the House of Lords committee on social mobility has shone a light on the failure of traditional education to employment pathways for many young people.