Whilst this makes for sobering reading, we can be optimistic about the future because in the face of all these challenges young people have shown they aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe in and make their voices heard. We, adults and organisations with influence, need to harness and empower the next generation to tackle these problems. This is why this year’s The Edit programme will focus on equality, diversity and inclusion.
We created The Edit to help close the digital divide and address the barriers to entry for young people, particularly from under-represented backgrounds, so they can get an insight into what careers in the media industry might look like and introduce them to new skills. The first year of our programme reached over 40,000 students with 45% attending schools in low-income areas.