Young people are more than assets - they are priceless, argues Alastair Jones, CEO of Frontier Youth Trust
The Citizen’s Inquiry into the Tottenham Riots facilitated
by North London Citizens aside from Community- Police relations highlighted the
condition and reputation of the community and powerlessness experienced by the
community. The other area they highlighted was that of unemployment. Although
youth unemployment has dropped slightly in recent figures, it is still over one
million and alarmingly the number of long term unemployed young people has
quadrupled in the past 12 months.
FYT has recently researched
in partnership with CUF and it was found that young people felt trapped in
powerlessness and a sense of loss of value as a person as they continue to
struggle to get out of the cycle of long term unemployment. The sad reality is
that eventually some young people get to the point where they lose the energy
to struggle anymore. So we believe one approach to help reduce the risk of
future riots is once more to give young people the hope they need to feel
Find out more about ResPublica/ NCVYS Commission on Youth here.