Children and young people's well-being in the UK is suffering from the impacts of high entrenched inequality but their input is largely absent from policy discussions. A strategic framework for action is needed to enable their participation in shaping a future in which all can flourish. We have seen an increase in the number of school students and young people who are motivated to learn about and tackle socio-economic inequality. We want to support young people to get their voices heard in policy debates.
What are we striving to achieve?
- Increase awareness of the impacts of intersecting socio-economic inequalities among those under 25.
- Ensure that the voices of young people are present in discussions about inequalities.
- Increase awareness of the impact of inequality on stress and status anxiety, particularly on children and young people.
What impact have we had?
Our 2018 cohort (of over 100 participants from across London) developed an incredible exhibition of immersive artistic activism, entitled 'Who we are, who we aren't', exploring race, class, identity and inequality in modern Britain. At the heart of the project was 18 hours of worth of recorded discussions, which formed the basis for the creation of challenging art pieces. This had an exclusive gallery launch in early January 2019, and there are plans for further showings throughout the year. Alongside this, 25 young people we worked with as part of the Young Equality Campaigners project attended a meeting with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Philip Alston, when he visited the UK in November 2018. Three of their recommendations were included in his initial findings, including on the specific challenges faced by young people with irregular immigration status.
One of the young people who participated blogged for us about London Fashion Week. The project has attracted significant press attention, particularly from The Guardian, who produced an incredibly powerful podcast, following up on the group 4 months after the meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur. The art created by the young people we worked with has also been featured by the Mayor of London.
Please get in touch with Jo, Project Lead, if you would like to find out more about getting involved in this project - whether you are a young person or youth worker we would love to hear from you!
Funding and partnership
This project is being delivered thanks to generous donations from hundreds of individual supporters who either pledged match funds or donated money to us via The Big Give Christmas Challenge in 2017 and 2018, as well as donations from Four Acre Trust and an anonymous champion.
You can donate here now, and all your money will go to supporting this project.