Burger King® has partnered with UK Youth to make life-changing youth work more accessible to young people.
Together Burger King® UK and UK Youth aim to support young people through a raft of challenges they currently face. This partnership will provide essential funding over the next two years and support the charity’s work helping young lives by unlocking youth work as a catalyst for change.
In line with the announcement, new research has been conducted, revealing that 83% of young people aged between 13 and 25 say their mental wellbeing has been negatively impacted by the current economic climate. Around one in five (19%) say they feel more helpless than they did before.
The research highlighted that two in three (65%) young people believe they don’t have a voice in wider society, feeling that they are often overlooked or not listened to.
In addition, more than six in ten young people (64%) are concerned about getting a job due to the current economic situation, with one in two (50%) saying there is not enough support available to help them into employment and 38% feeling concerned about their future.
From employability to social action to physical and mental health, youth work is a vital avenue of support to help with the unique challenges faced by the younger generation.
Over half (51%) of teens and nearly three-quarters (72%) of young adults believe they would have benefitted or would benefit from speaking to a youth worker. A third (34%) of full-time students feel that access to a youth worker would be beneficial and 43% of young adults in full-time employment believe that they would have benefitted from a youth worker at a younger age.
Nicola Pierce, Director of Commercial Planning & ESG from Burger King®, commented:
“UK Youth plays a crucial role in empowering young people to overcome obstacles and achieve their maximum potential. These ambitions resonate strongly with Burger King® UK and we are proud to become official charity partners, supporting UK Youth to create meaningful positive change.”
Leo Visconti, Director of External Relations at UK Youth, said:
“We are extremely grateful for Burger King®’s support which comes at a critical time, with the youth sector being hit especially hard by the cost-of-living crisis in the UK.
“Quality youth work provisions can transform a young person’s life – as well as benefit the wider UK economy – so investment from businesses and funders into the youth sector is absolutely vital to our country’s future.”
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