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OpenIDEO - How can we equip young people with the skills, information and opportunities to succeed in the world of work? The world in 2012 faces a stark reality; out of a global labour force of 3.3 billion, 200 million are unemployed. The situation is especially desperate for young people – 75 million are unemployed globally and, within the UK, over a million 16 to 24 year olds are currently looking for work. These dim prospects for youth sow the seeds for disengagement and apathy, continued social unrest and a challenging global economy. Clearly, there are gaps: gaps between demand and supply; gaps in skills; gaps between geographies and gaps between opportunities and outcomes that all need addressing urgently.

Nonetheless, despite these challenges, there are still reasons to be optimistic. Understanding the Context This challenge centres on a deeply complex issue with many facets. Different generations may experience similar and also varying hurdles when entering the workforce. Some initial issues contributing to youth unemployment include: Outcomes and Impact About Barclays and The Work Foundation. Cypp-plan-creating-opportunities-2014-to-2017. Challenges young people face. Family break up Many young people experience the separation and/or divorce of their parents, and how it affects them varies, but it can be a really challenging time. Some of the normal reactions to family break up include anger, helplessness, loss, grief, fear, worry, resentment and relief. How to support a young person experiencing family break up Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) issues Family support can have a significant positive impact on the mental health of young LGBTI people.

Loss and grief Losing someone can be a painful experience; a young person can feel shock, sadness, anger and a sense of loneliness. How to support a young person experiencing loss or grief Bullying Bullying can happen at school, university, work or on the sporting field and there are many ways that people can be bullied such as verbally, physically, socially, psychologically and online (cyberbullying). Stress from studies School can be a challenging time for some young people. Self-harm. What Are the Biggest Challenges Young Adults Face Today?: Students Speak Up. New America Media, a nationwide network of over 700 ethnic-media organizations, received funding in 2006 from several foundations, as well as from the University of California's Office of the President, to conduct a survey of young people in California to better understand what young adults ages 16-22 feel are the primary issues impacting their lives.

The study -- one of the first ever to be entirely conducted by young adults' favorite communication tool, the cell phone -- had professional interviewers speak with 601 young Californians. Of those people, 31 percent attended public high school, 21 percent were enrolled a four-year college or university, 19 percent went to a two-year college, 19 percent weren't going to any school in California, 4 percent were students at private high schools, and 1 percent of students were in a General Equivalency Diploma program.

The results of the study paint an interesting picture of the upcoming generation. Among the major findings: Challenges Facing Youths. 15 Global Challenges. The 15 Global Challenges updated annually continue to be the best introduction by far to the key issues of the early 21st century. -- Michael Marien, editor, Future Survey 15 Global Challenges facing humanity The 15 Global Challenges provide a framework to assess the global and local prospects for humanity. Their description, with a range of views and actions to addressed each, enriched with regional views and progress assessments are updated each year, since 1996. A short overview is published in the annual State of the Future,while continuous updates and details are available on the Global Futures Intelligence System website: The 15 Global Challenges are a result of continuous research, Delphi studies, interviews, and participantion of over 4,000 experts from around the world, since 1996 -- see a short history.

The Global Challenges are transnational in nature and transinstitutional in solution. They cannot be addressed by any government or institution acting alone. James Martin - Book: The Meaning of the 21st Century - The Megaproblems of the 21st Century. The problem most talked about at the moment is global warming and its effect on the Earth's climate. It's important to understand that there are other problems, some more serious than climate change, for example, the possibility that a World War with nuclear and biological weapons could wipe out civilization.

Box 1 lists 16 large-scale problems that we face. The following are the large-scale problems of the 21st century: GLOBAL WARMING Global warming will lead to severe climate change. Unless stopped, it will upset the basic control mechanisms of planet Earth. EXCESSIVE POPULATION GROWTH World population may grow to 8.9 billion people, with a growing demand for consumer goods and carbon-based energy, far exceeding what the planet can handle.

WATER SHORTAGES Rivers and aquifers are drying up. All of these mega-problems are multinational. The 16 mega-problems are interconnected, and because of this, the solutions are interconnected to a large extent. The 17 Great Challenges of the Twenty-First Century by the Late James Martin. Note: THE FUTURIST magazine was sorry to hear of the recent passing of futurologist, best-settling author, humanitarian, and philanthropist James Martin. Martin was a passionate advocate for foresight across disciplines. In the January-February 2007 issue of the magazine, Martin shared the following piece with our readers. We bring it to you today in remembrance. The 17 Great Challenges of the Twenty-First Century By James Martin Young people sometimes ask me, "If you were to pick any time in history to be alive, which time would you pick?

" We are heading toward an inflection point of epic significance, when scientific advances will be beyond anything we've ever before experienced. Solutions exist, or can exist, to most of the serious problems we will face in the decades ahead. If we are to survive, we have to know how to manage this situation. The twenty-first century, then, brings these 17 challenges, which are all interlinked and mutually reinforcing.

Globalism is here to stay.