Young, Unemployed, Full Of Potential?
May 31, 2011 § 8 Comments
With growing protest in Europe at the large numbers of unemployed young people, I’ve been really impressed by Young Million – an initiative by Common Purpose to help young people into paid work. It doesn’t deal with the root causes (a lack of jobs), but is at least attempting to fulfill a gaping hole – particularly now that the Future Jobs Fund has been cut. They’re asking people to volunteer time and physical spaces for the trainings to take place, and three are now ready-to-go. A new think tank (The Intergenerational Foundation) has also just set up – young people are back on the agenda.
My question is – why isn’t there a more coordinated effort to politically organise unemployed 18-25 year olds? It seems to be a no-brainer…
- Shared interest – jobs, economy, opportunities.
- Shared culture – language, popular culture – music, TV, sport etc.
- Least likely to have responsibilities for others – children and elderly parents.
- Potential electoral power – generational voting à la Obama ’08.
- Recruiting grounds – Job Centers, online.
- Most likely to be radical – take direct action.
- Most likely to have time and energy to commit – form meaningful relationships.
Anybody thinking what I’m thinking?