Amplify Youth was a programme funded by Credit Suisse and delivered by The Young Foundation. We worked with young people aged 16-25 in challenging areas of East London, Dublin and Belfast. Our aim was to tackle the structural inequality experienced by young people across the UK and Ireland by exploring the most pressing issues and equipping them with the tools of social innovation to create ideas with the potential to make a tangible difference to their communities. To do this, we invested in young people themselves by building capacity and recognising their latent potential; we made social innovation accessible by sharing the tools for change used in the social enterprise sector; and we equipped young people with the qualitative research skills they need to hear from their peers and local communities to lead narratives of transformation. Amplify Youth offers young people an opportunity they would otherwise be denied to face some of society’s greatest challenges head-on, and to recognise themselves as agents for change.
Amplify Youth: putting young people at the heart of social change
Having struggled with her own mental health, 16-year-old Eva Woods is currently working as a peer researcher in secondary schools, talking to other young people seeking support.
We offer a platform to our Kickstart team, who have been employed by The Young Foundation to develop peer research skills. Here, they explore financial literacy.
A report designed and created by young people on the Kickstart scheme, exploring experiences of financial literacy.
The Young Foundation starts 2022 with a focus on collective energy. Helen Goulden reflects on the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Elly McDade had big dreams and bags of ambition, but struggled at school and found herself on Universal Credit – until finding the Kickstart peer researcher programme.
What did National Living Wage Week deliver for those aged under 23? Chelsea McDonagh calls for greater support, and more diversity in the research sector.
Reports designed and created by young people on the Kickstart scheme, exploring experiences of employment among LGBTQ+ young people, and those with ADHD.
Despite headlines and warnings, is virtual working all that bad? Helen Goulden counts the benefits, both for young people, and for organisations.
The COP26 youth march earlier this month saw thousands of young people skip school to demand action to address the climate crisis. Activists Vanessa Nakate, Greta Thunberg, and Xiye Bastida joined the rally, supporting other young people across the world to take social action and speak up for their future.