Statistics released last week say that the UK’s out of the recession – because in the fourth quarter of 2009, the economy grew by 0.1%. I’m no financial expert, but that doesn’t sound a huge amount to me, barely more than a margin of error. In one of the daily polls on TheSite.org, 45% of the respondents to the question ‘Do you think we’re out of the recession?’ picked the answer ‘No, things are still really hard’. Another 22% said ‘No, I’m broke and jobless’. It seems that the recession – and its impact – is still a reality for the UK’s young people.
Student debt, youth unemployment, and an uncertain financial future mean that young people are among the hardest hit by the ‘credit crunch’. It seems fitting then, that TheSite.org, with support from Citi Foundation, has launched a creative competition to allow UK’s 16 to 25 year-olds to tell their own stories.
We’re asking young people to submit photos, films and comic strips which illustrate how the recession has affected them or the lessons which they feel should be learned. Entrants have the chance to be have their work critiqued by a great panel of judges, have their work exhibited at the awards ceremony and win up to £1000 to invest in their artistic futures.
So if you’re a creative young person – or know people who are – please check out the competition website or follow the updates on Twitter. If you’d like some postcards or printable posters to display at your college, university or organisation to help spread the word, please email us on marketing-AT-youthnet-DOT-org.
Can’t wait to see the entries start coming in!