This month, we're shining the YPI Spotlight on regular Kickback participant and YP Insight Family member, Rhianna Benjamin, who defied her own expectations and rose above her hatred of studying to get a BSc (Hons) degree. My name is Rhianna, and I’m 24. I find it hard to describe who I am in words, but … Continue reading YPI Spotlight: Rhianna Benjamin
The budget unveiled by the Conservatives this week revealed that they were scrapping the maintenance grants for lower-income students, but allowing universities to increase their fees beyond £9,000. This is in spite of some students already resorting to extreme measures to stay financially afloat. Rather than effecting their pockets, the constant pressure put on students … Continue reading The Time is Now
I have recently read a number of stories about individuals dropping out of university, and I have also spent a decent amount of time telling others why I made the decision to drop out. However, my explanation has been quite minimal. Today, I feel inspired to tell the full story of why I left university, … Continue reading Why leaving university was the best decision I ever made
As I spent time speaking about the sick condition of this world with my granddad and how the young people of the world were caught up in it, I started to think about whether the youth of today are worse off than previous generations. The response to this would never be straightforward, because of the … Continue reading Are young people worse off today than previous generations?
Earlier this week, actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson, gave a speech to launch the United Nation's HeForShe campaign. In her speech, she highlighted the inequality and gender stereotypes that are experienced by both males and females, as she called for men to join the fight for global equality. She also raised the … Continue reading Why the backlash over Emma Watson’s speech highlights a deeper problem
With the continuous reports of knife crime and youth violence, public awareness and youth centred organisations or initiatives are growing in importance. These are necessary to not only prevent violent youth crimes, but also to engage the young people of this generation. The One Minute in May campaign was set up to "confront the ever-growing … Continue reading The ‘One Minute in May’ Campaign
We are continuing to read about the increase of mental health issues among young people in the news, particularly on the subjects of suicide and self harm. The focus on mental and emotional health is forcing us to realise that more action needs to be taken and I think that it is urging the government … Continue reading University students need more emotional support
With young people returning to school, college or university this month, fun may not be at the forefront of their minds (although it is said that there is a lot of fun to be had at university). However, there is a lot of fun to be had during term time and some young individuals may … Continue reading What does fun mean for young people?