In June 2021, The Young Foundation partnered with Youth Futures Foundation and the Mohn Westlake Foundation to recruit young people through the government-funded Kickstart Scheme and train them as peer researchers. The scheme targets 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment.

Over the past six months, we’ve seen the researchers recruited build their skills and confidence, using their lived experience and contextual understanding of a social or geographical community to generate information about their peers.

Today, we publish the first two reports produced by The Young Foundation’s Kickstart recruits. One explores ‘Young people, ADHD and employment’, the other looks at ‘LGBTQ+ young people’s experiences in employment 2021’. The research design, tools, collection and analysis of data, and write-up of findings have all been led by the young people on this scheme.

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Posted on: 26 November 2021

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