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This year marks the 20th anniversary of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor’s tragic murder. Just one week before he died, Damilola wrote of his hope to one day save the world. Hope 2020 is a campaign from the Damilola Taylor Trust, designed to shine a light on the positive contribution young people make in society and commemorate the kind of person Damilola was. The campaign culminates in today’s National Day of Hope on what would’ve been Damilola’s 31st birthday. 

I continue to be inspired by young people and whilst they may not be the most vulnerable to the virus, they will be the most impacted in the years to come. One million under 25-year-olds face unemployment by the end of the year and, just one month after the UK went into its first lockdown, the number of 18 to 24-year-olds claiming unemployment related benefits increased by 59%*.  

That’s one of the reasons we’re proudly supporting the Hope 2020 campaign and, thanks to Co-op Members, giving money to support fairer access to education and employment for young people, in the communities that need it most. 

Discover more and find out how you can get involved at the Hope 2020 website

Championing young voices

Providing opportunities for young people to fulfil their potential is something Co-op is proud to do this all year round too. From the work at our Co-op Academies to supporting apprenticeships and working with youth partners, it’s a key part of us delivering our Vision, Co-operating for a Fairer world. By partnering with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation (also a fellow Hope collective member) we’re giving young people access to a series of online wellbeing and creative media workshops. The workshops are led by inspirational speakers like Ben Hurst of the Good Lad Initiative, promoting positive masculinity; climate activist Tori Tsui and anti-racism advocate Sophie Williams.  

I’m keen for young people to be heard and provide them with opportunities to ask for what they need. Rest assured, I’m listening. 

Steve Murrells
Co-op Group CEO

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