It has now been over 5 years since The Found Generation was launched in April 2012, at the height of the UK’s youth unemployment crisis, to tackle youth unemployment and prevent a so-called ‘lost generation’ of unemployed young people.
Since we have launched we have achieved a great deal despite our limited time and resources – winning a number of awards; preparing a comprehensive, youth-led programme of policy proposals; giving evidence to a number of official inquiries (most recently giving evidence to an inquiry run by the Work and Pensions Select Committee); and giving young people a voice at many conferences, debates, discussions and meetings on or relating to youth unemployment.
However, we are run by a group of volunteers, who inevitably have many other commitments on their time. The picture on youth unemployment is also very different now than it was 5 years ago. For example youth unemployment is now much lower than it was in 2012, and there is now a cross-party political forum in place to facilitate discussions with politicians and decision-makers on this issue, in the form of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Youth Employment (our first ever campaign called for the creation of an APPG on this area).
It has therefore become increasingly clear that it is long past time for us to pause, take stock, and spend some time carefully considering the best way forward for the group and those involved in it. As part of this process we will therefore be scaling back some of our activities in part for at least the next few months.
However, this does not mean we will be stopping all activities during this period. So for example we will continue to engage with, advise and support key stakeholders such as Youth Employment UK and the APPG on Youth Employment; and we will continue to push the need for further action on youth unemployment and social mobility where we can, including through our Twitter page. Further, if you have any ideas or are interested in supporting us or engaging with us, you are of course more than welcome to continue to contact us.