13.04.2021 - Project Launch!

Tuesday afternoon saw the official project launch of the Young Lives, Young Futures project.


To mark the event we hosted an online young person-led panel discussion exploring young people’s experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic and how they would like to see education change in the future. 

The full video recording of the event is now available (see right).

Chaired by the wonderful Aliyah Irabor-York, founder of Pupil Power, five inspiring young people led a fascinating and stimulating discussion around the themes of Covid-19 impact, the future of education and what youth activists can do, sharing their own life stories and bringing their voices and experiences into the discussion. Read Aliyah’s blog entry of the event here.

A huge thanks to Aliyah, our Chair for the event, and the 5 wonderful panelists for a fascinating and stimulating discussion! Thanks also to all who attended. We  hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

25.03.2021 - Annual Advisory Panel meeting

Thursday the 25th of March, 2021 saw the return of our annual Advisory Panel meeting, with 2020's event postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year's meeting took place virtually over Zoom.

The meeting began with the Youth Advisory Group, made up of young people from the UK, which Alice and Charlotte led.


In the  afternoon the Youth Advisory Group was joined by the Advisory Panel members. Discussion focused on the project's progress and the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic for young people. A more detailed summary will follow shortly.

Would you like to join future Youth Advisory Groups? Contact us here

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17.02.2021 - Social Media launch

We are now live on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram - check us out!

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17.12.2019 - Inaugural Advisory Panel meeting

December 2019 saw the project's first Advisory Panel convene at the Edge Foundation's offices in London to introduce and discuss  the project's objectives, as well as reviewing early drafts of the questionnaires that will underpin the national longitudinal survey.

In the morning the Youth Advisory Group met and discussed some of the barriers young people face at key education transition points, including university pathways dominating career discussions at school with less attention given to vocational options. The session was led by Meg and Alice.


In the afternoon the Youth Advisory Group were joined by the Advisory Panel members and the remainder of the project team. Participants were divided into four groups and allocated to tables. Each table first heard from a young advisor about the morning session and discussed issues raised at the Youth Advisory Group meeting. This was followed by a review of the project proposal with each group discussing the project aims and themes.


In the third and final part of the afternoon session each group reviewed draft interview questions for the study. This helped identify gaps and ensured the questions were appropriate for the young people, policymakers and practitioners participating in this study.