Our Young Futures Commission helps amplify the voice of young people in the decisions that shape their lives, and helps make sure they can shape the opportunities that are available to them.
Over the next two years we’ll be looking into young people’s experiences in Hackney, how they view the borough, respond to its challenges and how they feel about Council services.
Young Futures is independent of the Council (but organised, funded by and accountable to us), and is made up of young people, chaired by Jermain Jackman and Shekeila Scarlett, and vice-chaired by, Georgina Appeagyei and Mishaque Jarrett. There’s also a reference group that meets every quarter made up of people who represent the community, academic partners, experts and councillors.
The commission will listen to, and learn from, young people’s experiences of growing up in Hackney and make recommendations to the Council and other organisations to improve the lives and opportunities of young people in Hackney. The Council will also consider the recommendations when designing or buying in the services we provide through Young Hackney.
We’ll be starting by fact finding and engaging with the community and should be finished by the end of summer. Afterwards, we’ll review what we’ve done and start producing recommendations with young people before the formally reporting to the Council.
We’ll look at the experiences of three distinct age groups:
- older children (ages 10 to 12)
- teenagers (ages 13 to 18)
- young adults (ages 19 to 25)
In 2019, the Hackney Young Futures Commission undertook the largest ever consultation with young people in Hackney aged between 10 and 25.
Its main objective was to connect children and young people, councillors, heads of services and other partners to ensure that young people are included in the decisions that affect them and help to make Hackney a better place to live.
Funded by the Council, the Commission spoke directly to over 2,400 young people from a range of backgrounds; in order to learn and understand how they view Hackney as a place to live and the changes they would like to
Young people were asked the following four key questions, which were also devised by young people:
- what is your favourite thing or place in Hackney and why?
- what is the main issue affecting your life in Hackney today and how does this issue affect you?
- if you were the Mayor, what would be the main thing you would change for young people in Hackney? What would you do and how would you change it?
- any other comments?
The findings from the consultation were delivered in the report Valuing the Future through Young Voices presented to Cabinet in July 2020 and published publicly on Saturday 14 November 2020.
The report featured insights and direct quotations from young people about their lived experience of living, working and studying in the borough.
Key insights from the report included:
- building a secure future, including reducing homelessness and improving the quality of housing for young people
- a review of young people’s mental health services
- an inclusive future, whereby young people are involved in the regeneration of the borough
- reducing the impact of the fear of crime on young people
The Commission has asked the Council and its partners to consider 21 ‘Asks’ for change and 72 ‘Hows’ to implement solutions, which have been co-produced with young people and adults.
The next phase of the Commission’s work is to produce detailed plans and timetables for the delivery of the Asks, agree priorities and the implementation for delivery.
If you would like to get involved in the future phases of the Hackney Young Futures Commission please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.