Youth in the News

Youth in the News | February 2012

Youth in the News | February 2012 | youthpolicy.org

MEDIA COVERAGE OF YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT

Almost 1m young people not in education, employment or training
Article by Jeevan Vasagar for the Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/feb/23/almost-1m-young-people-neets

Almost 1 million young people [in the UK] are not in school, work or training, according to official figures which underline the extent to which the economic slowdown is hurting school-leavers.

UN jobs forum hears call to unlock potential of young people
Press release by the UN News Centre for media use
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=41394&Cr=unemployment&Cr1=

Governments, corporations and policy-makers must do more to realize the potential of young people worldwide, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said, calling for action to overcome the structures and problems that are keeping youth unemployment rates high around the worldwide.

World’s youth weigh in on work
Article by Lezette Engelbrecht for ITWeb
http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51700:worlds-youth-weigh-in-on-work&catid=284

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) recently released the 2011 World Youth Report, which outlines views on employment from people aged 15 to 30. Some 1100 contributions were received from around the world during the four-week online consultation process.

MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE STATE OF THE WORLD’S CHILDREN (SOWC)

UNICEF launches flagship report focusing on urban children
Press release by UNICEF for media use
http://www.unicef.org/sowc/index_61804.html

One billion children live in urban areas, a number that is growing rapidly. Yet disparities within cities reveal that many lack access to schools, health care and sanitation, despite living alongside these services.

Make children the cornerstone of urban decision-making, urges Unicef
Article by Mark Tran for the Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2012/feb/28/unicef-children-central-urban-planning

Unicef has urged governments to put children at the heart of urban planning – and to improve services for all – since the majority of the world’s children will grow up in towns or cities rather than in rural areas.

UNICEF: Millions of kids live in urban squalor
Article by Mark Tran for the Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2012/feb/28/unicef-children-central-urban-planning

Unicef has urged governments to put children at the heart of urban planning – and to improve services for all – since the majority of the world’s children will grow up in towns or cities rather than in rural areas.

MEDIA COVERAGE OF YOUTH & THE INTERNET

Study explores internet use of young people
Article by Olga R. Rodriguez for the Boston Globe
http://articles.boston.com/2012-02-28/news/31108579_1_urban-areas-unicef-poor-children

Millions of children are growing up in squalid urban areas and denied basic services despite living close to them, the United Nations Children’s Fund said. Children living in slums and shantytowns often lack water, electricity and health care and UNICEF urged policy makers to ensure urban planning meets the needs of children.

MEDIA COVERAGE OF YOUTH INTERNSHIPS

Unpaid ‘work experience’ is a depressing solution to youth unemployment
Article by Daniel Knowles for the Telegraph
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielknowles/100138562/slave-labour-or-job-snobbery-the-real-problem-is-our-broken-training-system/

It’s the classic Catch-22 situation: to get experience, you need a job, but to get a job, you need experience. The solution, inevitably, is that people end up working for free. Until recently, this practice was at least limited to relatively affluent young graduates, but as the furore over welfare reform this week has demonstrated, it now extends to all young people – indeed, it is now Government policy to help people to find unpaid work.

UN Youth Employment Conference overlooks unpaid internships
Article by Matt Hamilton for the Global Journal
http://theglobaljournal.net/article/view/611/

While its concern for youth employment is laudable, perhaps the UN should start by taking a look in its own backyard… For the thousands of young people coming through the UN system each year (around 3,500 in 2007), the vast majority must do so at their own expense. The trend in unpaid internships has been widely covered in the press, yet there has been little reported on what is taking place at the UN.

MEDIA COVERAGE OF YOUTH & SPORTS

Jeremy Lin: success and stereotypes, five lessons for youth
Article by Christopher Emdin for the Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christopher-emdin/jeremy-lin-racism_b_1304839.html

The popularity of Jeremy Lin among African American and Latino youth is connected to the fact that these youth, like Lin, have been overlooked despite their untapped potential, hidden talents, and innate abilities. While Lin may have been overlooked because of unfounded racial stereotypes about his athletic ability on the basketball court, the many urban youth of color who identify with him are often misperceived as lacking academic ability because of their race and socioeconomic status.

MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION

Introducing the Born This Way Foundation
Article by Cynthia Germanotta for the Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cynthia-germanotta/introducing-the-born-this_b_1310931.html

Our goal is to do our part to help make the world a “kinder & braver” place by empowering and inspiring youth. We’re calling it the Born This Way Foundation, and from the interest and excitement we’ve received thus far, it’s starting to feel like we may have tapped into something special.