Alvin speaks about his work setting up The Advantage Group, supporting young people from less privileged and BAME backgrounds to develop skills they need to lead the careers they want. Alvin also explores his own journey from a pupil disengaged with school to an active student, social entrepreneur and intern at Google.
“Very often I’m the only one that looks like me, sounds like me, talks like me so then I’m gonna speak for everyone else that isn’t in that room.”
Abby tells her story of how she became passionate about health, becoming a medical student and a campaigner on Young Sudden Cardiac Death. Through her work, Abby has helped to persuade many members of both the Scottish Parliament and House of Commons to sign a pledge supporting the development of a national strategy preventing young sudden cardiac death and has helped to raise thousands of pounds to provide free heart screenings to young people across the UK.
Dev discusses how food insecurity is impacting the lives of young people across the UK, and how he got involved as a Young Food Ambassador, eventually take the issue to the House of Lords. Dev explores some of the solutions to food insecurity that could be introduced in schools, and how other young people can get involved. Dev also chats through his more recent work with #iwill partner Biteback 2030, challenging the food industry to offer healthier options to young people.
Dan speaks about why, as a young person unable to vote, he felt young people were being ignored in the political system. He decided to use his experiences in debate team to set up an organisation called Youth Politics UK. The group is completely youth led and engages young people across the North West of England, giving them direct access to policy makers, running workshops and helping teens to stand up for what they believe in.
You can listen to all seventeen episodes here. Other interviewees include Amika George and Bella Lack.