The 99% Campaign is a youth-led initiative and participation programme aiming to make society more inclusive, fair and responsive to young people’s views and realities. It achieves its mission by giving direct voice to the most marginalised young people and by dispelling negative stereotypes.
To find out more please visit the project’s dedicated website http://www.99percentcampaign.org/
As part of the campaign, young people from marginalised backgrounds have met directly with MPs at the Palace of Westminster. These meetings have allowed for open and transparent dialogue between young people and policy makers and have directly influenced youth policy towards key issues that the young people feel passionate about. Questions about the future of the Erasmus programme as the UK negotiates its way out of the EU were tabled in the House of Commons as a direct result of these discussions and the outputs from the meeting with Southwark councilors included a youth manifesto for the borough, which is being supported and championed by local councilors. Key issues like youth provision and housing were top of the agenda for the young people who contributed to the debate and the council were left in no doubt about the views of this often unheard group of constituents.
The young people involved are keen to continue their influence and we are planning events in the near future to look both at local and national policy issues of concern to young people. This and the upcoming publication of the magazine will have a real impact on both the awareness of youth-led issues by policy makers and the confidence of young people in the political system.
Look out for the launch of the annual 99% Percent Campaign Magazine – coming next month!
- Co-designed with young people, the project gives them a voice, enabling them to take ownership over defining the root cause of these problems – and optimal future solutions. It will create a youth-led digital networking platform that will enable young people to continue researching, campaigning and advocating for change.