YOUTH VOICE JOURNAL

Youth Voice Journal (YVJ) is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. YVJ is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and ranked by Scopus. (c) IARS Publications ISSN 2056-2969

Parle, L. (2011) Young Mayors: Looking at the Evidence

In June 2010, IARS was commissioned by the Campaign Company to carry out a piece of youth-led action research to investigate what impact the Young Mayors scheme is having on its participants in five areas: Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Worthing. The scheme was found to be successful in providing a medium through which young people could communicate to local decision-makers and vice versa. Furthermore, participation in the scheme was found to increase political awareness and provide skills development opportunities. One of the most significant challenges the scheme appears to face is in engaging those young people who might not already be classed as confident and active citizens. The findings also pose questions about how the scheme will adapt to take advantage of the fast paced changes in a new political reality dominated by the localism agenda with an acute focus on value for money public services.

Lewis Parle, IARS Programme Director

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About Youth Voice Journal

Youth Voice Journal is an international, multidisciplinary, refereed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. In particular, the Journal aims to: - provide a medium, especially for young researchers and young academics, to inform debates around social policy through high quality research; - provide a platform for the intellectual exchange of ideas around the globe with the aim of influencing policies and practices; - actively encourage and aide those young people whose voice is rarely heard by policy makers to contribute to the journal. Youth Voice Journal is published by IARS Publications and edited by Dr. Theo Gavrielides.

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Youth Voice Journal is published by IARS Publications, an independent small publisher specialising in social and political sciences 14 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 7PL, UK. (c) IARS Publications.

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