Do you know who is NEET?

Friday 9 May 2014

This time next year EVERYONE will know that there are more young women, than young men, who are not earning or learning.

This is what we want to have achieved, at minimum, as a result of our ‘Scarred for Life?’ Inquiry which launched last week.  Ideally we would also like people to know about the devastating and long term consequences for women of being NEET (not in education, employment or training) when they are 16-24 and what can be done to reduce their risk of lifelong poverty.

We need you to help us.  We have been promoting our online survey across our own networks and via the young women who work with us.  But we need to get lots and lots of people sharing their views and telling us about their experiences of being NEET.

We want to hear from young women who are NEET as well as members of the public, professionals working with young women, policy makers and anyone with evidence that could help our Inquiry.  If you think you can help, please complete our survey and please also promote the survey across your networks.

We are also taking the Inquiry on the road. Between 13th May and 25th June we are visiting various towns and cities to meet young women who are or have been NEET and to meet professionals in projects and statutory agencies who are working with NEETs.  Our first stop is Barking & Dagenham where we will be on 13th and 14th May.  We will be speaking to young women about their experiences of being NEET and we will be on the streets with our survey asking people to fill it in there and then.  Thanks to Starbucks, the first 50 people who fill in our survey will get a voucher for a free coffee.  If you’re down that way and want to come and talk to us, we’d love to meet you.

Yesterday we had the first meeting of the Inquiry Expert Panel.  Chaired by Sian Williams, members of the Panel considered the facts about NEETs and the gaps in the evidence.  There is a wealth of experience and expertise amongst Panel members and we are delighted they have agreed to be part of this Inquiry.  Many Panel members will be visiting projects and meeting young women.

This week the first ever Young Women’s Trust Admin and Advocacy Trainees started as well. These are two young women who will be part of our Inquiry team, who will sit on the Inquiry Panel and who will be making sure that young women’s views and experiences are central to all that our charity does. We are delighted to have them on board.

Everyone we are speaking to face to face and via social media is shocked when they hear the stats on young women’s lives today.  It’s time to change the story on young women’s lives generally, but particularly on young women who are neither earning nor learning.  We need your help to make this happen. Come with us.