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Fellowship Youth Focus

*A Fellowship Council Working Group* An opportunity for Fellowship Council members and other interested fellows to coordinate and inspire a youth focus within the RSA Fellowship

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Latest Activity: Jul 29, 2013

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What's the biggest Chance you ever took...?

I'd like to invite RSA Fellows to the launch of Inspired Youth's new project called Chance.…Continue

Started by Chris James May 25, 2012.

Risky Behaviour - Teenage Girls 3 Replies

Hi there,I'm about to start doing some work in a school addressing young people's experiences of 'Risky Behaviour' with a view to creating a preventative media campaign.   We will be working with a…Continue

Tags: Behaviour, Risky

Started by Chris James. Last reply by Chris James Oct 16, 2010.

An opportunity for 18 to 25 year olds to lead change in their communities 2 Replies

Dear fellow Fellows,Inspired by the Design for Change global schools project, we are inviting a group of 25 young people aged 18 to 25 to look at ways that they can lead change in their local…Continue

Started by Adrian Gilpin. Last reply by Adrian Gilpin Aug 2, 2010.

Human Capital - youth education and employment 4 Replies

Introduction:Empowerment, responsibility and action overlap. Yet we still teach that employment is something we depend upon others for.  Human Capital Theory [HCT] suggests that education could…Continue

Started by Ian Lewis. Last reply by Robert Stephenson Jul 31, 2010.

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Comment by Matt Lent on March 12, 2012 at 17:44

Hi All,

I want to invite all members of this group to also participate in a new group on this site, Linking with Youth.

It's purpose is to making progress on an RSA/Fellowship partnership initiative, linking FRSA with young people, both on-line and live, for the purpose of offering Information, Advice and Guidance (in both directions), supporting and encouraging social innovation amongst young people, and the sharing of social capital.

Numerous fellows, RSA staff and youth groups are already on board and we will be holding our first working group meeting in April.  The more fellows and networks we have involved at these early stages the more likely the initiative will be a success.

Many thanks,


Comment by Karen Tyerman on March 14, 2011 at 18:59
I'm currently re-designing the early intervention provision in the local authority where I work. I'm interested in hearing about programmes or models of early intervention for young people that have been proved to have long term impact. Does anyone have any examples they are able to share?
Comment by Adrian Ashton on January 31, 2011 at 17:56
Co-operative College has helped to bring together over 100 #coops schools to form a network/consortium
Comment by Chris James on August 17, 2010 at 6:24
Thanks Laura!
Looks interesting!
Comment by Laura Billings on August 16, 2010 at 20:56
Hi all, just to let you know the Young Achievers Trust awards are open until 30 Sept. If you know a young volunteer who deserves some recognition and the chance to win prize money, project support and personal development opportunities nominate them now!
Comment by Robert Stephenson on July 31, 2010 at 15:13
Hi Rosie
I am a very new fellow of the RSA and am passionately interested in this whole topic as for years Working to empower youth has been my main focus.I would like to be a very active member of this forum and any activities, meetings workshops etc that may be planned.I wish to share with my RSA fellows the experiences we has with Blastbeat to inform this panel and to offer any school, organization or group who want to help young people from Primary to University level.

Blastbeat is a fun & exciting Music & Multimedia Business / social enterprise progamme offered to teens and schools around the world. With Blastbeat, students organize themselves into Music & Multimedia Companies (MMCs) to compete in the business programme, planning, promoting and hosting a live music event. Blastbeat utilizes music and multi media to engage with teens, captivating them in a three-month social entrepreneurship co curricular / after schools programme. Blastbeat leverages young people’s passion for music, multimedia, social media, making and sharing friends and money as they have fun learning and experiencing first hand business, technical, inter-personal, intra-personal, team-work, communication, music, social, media & related skills.
Blastbeat also promotes and encourages young original songwriters & musicians, supporting youth communities on a local & global level, empowering teens to create social enterprises creating community and social capital to help bring about change for the good of society. Blastbeat is an essential and very positive initiative working to develop a new generation of young people who want to work in the industry and to build young audiences with a love for live music as they experience the buzz of the live gigging experience.
Blastbeat ran the programme in over 60 schools in London in 2009/ 2010 with support from the DCSF / Dept for Education. The final was at the O2 Area on 13t July with 12,000 students participating and many famous acts like the Saturdays, Tinchy Strider, The Wanted, Twenty Twenty, Elisa Doolittle, Tracy Solomon from x Factor etc, as well as new acts and 30 social enterprises showcased.

Within the Blastbeat programme there are two competitions in one that help encourage a true sense of real life, exciting social entrepreneurship and creative skills.
A) the social enterprise competition- winners receive mentorship and investment
B) the music competition for competing artists – winners get managed and recorded.
Each member of the company taking on a different job role which include CEO, Company Secretary and managers in Sales, Marketing, Public Relations, Ecology/CSR, Art & Design, Finance, Event, Talent scouting, Web content creation & Video crew, Photographers, Journalist etc ultimately producing a Battle of the Bands concert in order to identify the best musical talent in their neighborhoods. By participating in the Blastbeat programme, teenagers self-confidence, self-belief, self-esteem, social and life skills are boosted enormously. Blastbeat teaches real life creative and business-skills, where teens are creating, learning, and sharing in a structured online & offline environment that is centered on the music & multimedia business. These empowered teens then donate 25% of their profits from their gig to charity, giving them the first hand experience of what it feels like to be a young social entrepreneur that will stay with them for their lives.
Blastbeat Education UK is bringing Blastbeat programme into schools, youth organisations, or youths in care or to at risk youth groups partners to provide the programme to young people in care who are not in school.
We wish to particularly help underserved teenagers gain real useful and relevant life experiences to promote their personal, social, educational and vocational development preparing them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society. The programme is supported by educators and facilitated by Blastbeat employees and student mentors giving added value to the student’s school experience after school.
I would like to talk with anyone interested about Blastbeat and how any RSA fellow can be involved in mentoring young promoters /social entrepreneurs in any school or youth group near them as they run their first gig etc.
Comment by Rosie Ferguson on July 19, 2010 at 9:52
Dear all,

Following on from the event, things are still progressing in the RSA youth focus world. A number of people have contacted me and Laura since the event and are keen to get involved.

Chris and I are currently speaking about a smaller follow-up event in the Autumn to focus on the current policy context of youth employability and details will be updated here.

It is exciting the number of people who are keen to get involved in youth focused fellowship activity and I would very much encourage those people to use this space and to get together to discuss collaboration and ideas.

Also, if people think it would be valuable, we could organise an informal drinks event for people to come and discuss their youth focused interests and how fellows may be able to support each and share ideas.

Let me know if this would be useful.

All the best,
Comment by Chris James on July 13, 2010 at 10:43
Hi there, I've just seen this string. Its a shame I've only just started to use the network so missed the event.

One of the projects I have been working on over the last 6 years is the National Learner Forum.
This project is all about helping more young people get more out of learning by placing them at the heart of finding solutions to education problems.

The National Learner Forum Network recently delivered a huge research project called the Youth Commission, here is the official blurb.

"The Youth Commission was established by the
Edge Learner Forum with the support of Edge at
the start of 2009. The aim was to create a tool
through which young people as leaders would have
their say on some of the most important issues
facing them relating to employment, education, and
skills. With the help of the Chair of the Children,
Schools and Families Select Committee, Barry
Sheerman MP, we undertook our first investigation
in the beginning of 2009.

One of the biggest economic and social issues at
present is unemployment amongst young people.
In January 2010, 927,000 16-24 year olds were
declaring themselves as currently unemployed.
With a figure this high the latest Youth Commission
investigation has one big aim – to get young people
themselves working on what needs to change in
relation to their employability. The number of young
people currently unemployed is a danger to them
and to our society as a whole. Rather than just
looking at the reasons behind why this is the case,
we want to go a step further and offer a way
forward, by finding out how we can make young
people more employable.

The first Youth Commission report in the summer of
2009 saw young people looking at Raising the
Participation Age. By the end of the investigation
over 4,300 young people had given their views.
With our new investigation into young people’s
employability we have gone even further, engaging
7,059 young people.

You can download the research report here : Youth Voices on Employability

The third round of research "Uniting Young People & Business" will be presented in two weeks time and will be uploaded onto the Learner Forum website. There is a launch event on the 20th July in London where you can meet some of the young people involved. I'll be going too! If anyone is interested and would like further details please let me know?
Comment by Laura Billings on July 1, 2010 at 14:43
Thanks everyone who came along to the event this week. We had some fantastic speakers and interesting conversations afterwards.

Speakers were:
Barbara Soetan - co-founder of award winning charity Elevation Networks (EN) that aims to bridge the gap between under-represented groups and industries, helping young people to become more employable.
Dave McQueen - international speaker empowering adults and youth on subjects such as leadership, careers and communication skills.
Dr Mike Nussbaum - vice president of Volunteering England and expert in promoting and developing the role of volunteering.

We also put up some images from the RSA archives of ways we've been engaged with youth issues over the years, and it's up on Flickr over here if you're interested.

Also gathered some more interest in the work you propose to do in this group, so hopefully a few more online members soon, and Rosie and Chris will be in touch about plans to take this forward.
Comment by Ian Lewis on May 18, 2010 at 15:52
Thanks, Laura, things have moved along. I should be up to speed by the 29th!

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