The Social Research Unit at Dartington has just written the first report of the Realising Ambition programme, a £25m investment by the Big Lottery Fund in the replication of evidence-based and promising interventions for children and young people. One of the most striking things is the dearth of home-grown evidence-based interventions designed prevent or reduce... Find out more
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Ideas, as well as people, now move more freely. We have put new models, drawn from other classes and other parts of the world, before the local people, creating new aspirations and new ideas.
Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957
Youth policy is to move to the heart of Government, but will it still be front of mind for those in education? Young people are negotiating the transition to adulthood and independence in an increasingly complex and challenging world. To be successful our young people need to be resilient and empowered: actively navigating their role... Find out more
Take two children; imagine that they are born on the same day, in the same hospital. They live next door to each other, they play together and are set to go to the same primary and secondary school. Before they walk through the gates of school aged five we know that at the end of... Find out more
“I want to get a good degree and get good A-levels and I want to live in a nice big house, get my own business going and get married.” It was after school and the bell had just rang to mark the end of the school day as we continued to talk to pupils in... Find out more
The challenge in the UK Five years of recession in Britain have driven up youth unemployment (British Youth Council, 2012). Employers seem to be “hoarding” older employees (The Economist, 2013). Some estimate that up to a million young people in Britain are now not in education, employment or training (NEET) (Confederation of British Industry, 2011),... Find out more
From Sub-Saharan Africa to the streets of Southall: Young Foundation Trustee and journalist Malcolm Dean shares the entrepreneurial journey of Jack Graham, founder of Year Here. The will to help others was there from the start. Like many thousands of others, Jack Graham spent his gap year overseas. He worked in a rural school in... Find out more
The Tavistock Institute, commissioned by BIG Lottery to evaluate the Realising Ambition programme, has just released a report highlighting an interesting creative tension between adaptation and fidelity when replicating successful projects- that is, taking a programme that has been shown to work in one place and delivering it in a new place or to a... Find out more
When we try to scale social enterprise, we usually try one of two paths: growing small organizations or spreading ideas across a range of organizations to scale impact. One path less traveled is to leapfrog through converting a large business into a nonprofit social enterprise, which can more easily and effectively thrive and grow at... Find out more
The news that the National Youth Agency are taking forward proposals to launch an Institute for Youth Work is hugely welcome. Targeted at all those working and volunteering in the youth sector, the Institute will provide a common platform for youth workers to share and debate youth work practice, further their professional development and provide a... Find out more
As the cuts continue to bite, and voluntary sector organisations are expected to do more with less, focus perhaps naturally turns to the costs of running these organisations. Last month Gina Miller prompted furore with her comments lambasting the ‘business-like structures’ involved in running charities. Just this week the Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network hosted a... Find out more