June 2020 saw Diane Modahl appointed as Chair of the new Youth Task Force – which will help to develop a Young Person’s Guarantee in Greater Manchester.
The Task Force is the driving force behind the Guarantee and will be set up in response to the impact which we know the COVID-19 crisis is having, and is likely to have, on young people.
Protecting and progressing young people’s future is key, particularly around securing future prosperity.
The Guarantee will focus on four key areas:
Keeping connected - Increased challenges caused because of social and digital exclusion, particularly amongst young people who are most disconnected and disadvantaged.
Staying well - greater risk of poorer mental health and well-being caused by social isolation, reductions in support and increased anxiety about the future.
Preparing for transition back into work and/or education - Increased chances of young people experiencing longer-term labour market inequalities and challenges because of the consequences of the pandemic.
Reducing economic inequalities - greater risk of poorer transitions from school and college, particularly for those young people in Years 11 and 13, and for those seeking employment.
Who is the Young Person’s Guarantee for?
The scope of the Guarantee, and remit of the Task Force, will be to help young people in Greater Manchester from age 11 up to 30-years-old. The Guarantee will be co-designed by the young people of Greater Manchester.
Who is involved in the Young Person’s Guarantee?
The Task Force will be the driving force behind the Guarantee and will shape, challenge and deliver on existing and new opportunities for young people. The Task Force membership will not be determined until enough young people along with other stakeholders have been listened to and heard.
What will the Young Person’s Guarantee do?
The Guarantee will reflect young people’s concerns about the future and will offer an outline of support and opportunities available. This will build on what is already available now as well as identify and respond to gaps. This will be particularly true of more vulnerable and marginalised young people.
There will be opportunities for a raft of individuals and organisations to respond to the challenge and the recovery process and determine how they can contribute to the Guarantee and be part of the solution. We don’t want any young person to be left behind and want the Guarantee to offer something for everyone. There is a role to be played by business, education and training providers, health services, youth services and Local Authorities to name but a few.
How will the Young Person’s Guarantee work?
Development of the Guarantee will include a programme of direct engagement with young people and youth organisations, along with colleges, training providers and businesses as part of a co-designed process with young people at the centre. This will take place over the next three months concluding in September with a delivery programme agreed beyond this point. A series of face-to-face chats and virtual round tables/discussions are in the process of being organised and people can feed in at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once the Task Force is agreed it will be their responsibility to shape the Guarantee and be held accountable for its success. It is envisaged this will go on beyond September 2020.