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
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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