youth research


What we are and what we do:

We provide actionable intelligence on child and youth issues plus opportunities to discuss and debate key issues through Forums, seminars and conferences. The London-based Youth Research Forum is a consortium of leading players in the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK concerned about issues affecting youth. It was founded in response to a need recognized in the private and public sectors for relevant and up-to-date research and informed debate on key issues facing young people today.


Young people have moved to the centre of government policy-making. Government is increasingly seeking to intervene to modify youth behaviour but with varying degrees of success.

Why we are important?

Problems that have not been effectively addressed by successive governments (such as youth crime, antisocial behaviour, obesity, diabetes, alcohol and drug consumption) contribute on an ongoing basis to individual, family and social deprivation. It can take generations to resolve. The costs associated with getting policies wrong are usually formidable.

In health, education, leisure, criminal justice and citizenship, it is clear that the formative periods in young people’s lives fall before they enter the worlds of work. It is essential that children and young people today are motivated to address the challenges they face in life in a constructive and socially beneficial manner.


About the YRF >> Ambassadors

Why become an Ambassador?

Ambassador roles can include:
  • Forum awareness building
  • Contributing to the development of research
  • Disseminating the Forums work to decision makers
  • Gain leadership skills
Roles an Ambassador can include:
  • Public speaking - Speaking about your
    experiences of the Youth Research Forum at conferences or meetings and simultaneously
    raising your profile
  • Research asssistant: With consultations
    or focus groups with young people to find out information
  • Formal Recognition: You will receive
    an official certificate from the Forum recording the number of hours you have
    completed as an Ambassador
Dr Claire Gaudry is a French project coordinator, researcher, self-development trainer and speaker. She has a PhD in molecular biology from Nottingham and has worked in cancer research at Northwestern University, Chicago. She has set up a self-development company and community education programmes in the UK. She has recently been involved in a ground-breaking moral compass study with the Youth Research Forum. She has found this project to be extremely gratifying and motivating. Her experience in educational programmes for adults and with the Youth Research Forum has raised her interest and passion towards empowering youth and particularly children.

Nasai is currently an ambassador for the Youth Research Forum. A keen actor since a teenager, she sees film as a tool to fight social injustices. Whilst studying for a BA degree in Sociology, she was a dedicated representative on the student union panel and actively fought to make university life better for all. She has a keen interest in public relations and policy, passionate about development through effective change. In 2008 she went on do her MA in public administration furthering her conquest for a fairer and more equal society. In the 2010 UK General election, she took on the role of youth advocate to raise public awareness of young peoples views and opinions.

Charles has been a professional actor since September 2005, having previously enjoyed a career in outdoor advertising & motorsport as a promoter & race car driver. Charles has competed in several Formula single - seater racing car categories in Europe & the USA. His acting ambitions were ignited after attending a Saturday acting workshop then completing his acting training at The Central School of Speech & Drama. Since then he has appeared in several independent short films playing a variety of lead roles including the principle lead in a feature film being released early next year.(2011).His main aim is to inspire & motivate like minded individuals so that they can achieve anything they set their minds on to do in a fair & meritorical society, with a particular focus on enabling young people to realise their talent's full potential.

After a degree in Philosophy and Theology Sarah worked in Feature Films and then in Advertising before gaining a scholarship to train at Drama Studio London.Her past theatre credits include; Susanna in Susanna by N.Rakshin, Alex in Awk-wordby Lennie Varvarides,both as part ofDyssing Monadys, a new writing festival for Dyslexic writers. Helena in a five star reviewed run of Aphra Behn’s The Rover at Edinburgh 07. Virgin White Queen’s Pawn in Middleton’s Game At Chess, for Checkmate Theatre, Lesbia in the premiere of Rembrandt’s Mirror by Francis Warner. Eurydice in Cocteau’s Orpheus and Jan in Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce directed by Cat Totty.Sarah has also featured in several short films and as The Duchess of Marlborough for the BBC’s Art of the Garden.You can also see her online in two comedy sketches, Rough Him Up and The Audition for Recently she became part of the Powertrain team which provides 'acting training solutions' to big business.

Amanda Sterkenburg is a Dutch, London
based Actress and Ambassador for the Youth Research Forum.After obtaining an MSc in Physical Geography in Utrecht, Amanda moved to London to pursue a creative career. After working in Communications and Design she trained at The Academy and The Actor Works.

Screen credits include: Mesocafe, an independent feature set in the Iraqi community in London in the run-up to the 2003 war; Convicted (Wind & Foster), an experimental short about a young woman’s mental struggle; Tonight (Creative Minds Pictures) and Transit (Pogo Films).

Theatre credits include: Celia and Sylvie in The Pageant and Events on a Hotel Terrace, two of Aykbourn’s tour-de-force plays from the Intimate Exchanges series (Yvonne Arnaud Guildford), Dana in Rebecca Gilman’s The Sweetest Swing in Baseball (Pacific Playhouse), Amanda in Cowards’ Private Lives (Tour), Epifania in Shaw’s The Millionairess (Tour including Buxton Opera House), and Eleanor in the world premiere of Mirror Mirror (Brighton Fringe Festival, Pentameters “Amanda Sterkenburg is persuasive as the future face of femininity” - Time Out). 

Maria Alencar gained valuable experience at only 16 years of age when she worked as a political reporter and presenter for Grand Rio TV – Globo brand. Maria also worked as a presenter for Recife – Home Centre Shop Ferreira Costa and has undertaken voiceover work for Brazil’s National Petrol Company, Petrobras. She has a degree in Social Communication (2003), has a passion for communication and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English

Richard Hale is a Writer, Performer, DJ and Producer; he studied and trained Music Theatre at Leeds University (Bretton Hall) and Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy. Richard has been a performer all his life and has been in a number of theatre productions and has DJed from the young age of 13. He wrote, composed and produced the critically acclaimed ‘Scratched Out - The Urban Musical’ that was performed at the Lyric Theatre, Oval House and Riverside Studio Hammersmith London. He has composed and engineered music for many artists in studios around London including, Daley, Martyna Baker, Dean Atta, In:sight, Charlie Dark, Gambit Ace, Nathan Bryon and Kymberlee Jay.

Jacinta Isaacs is an Australian Social Researcher, Documentary Filmmaker, Video Journalist and Web Manager. She has worked to raise awareness of issues affecting young people in Cambodia, Ecuador and Venezuela and is associated with the Oxfam International Youth Parliament (now Partnerships) program: She’s interested in how media and communications tools, including social media, can be used in developing and developed country contexts for positive social change. Please feel free to contact her at

Born in Kraków, Poland, Paulina studied at Jagiellonian University and University College London. Having obtained an MA in Theatre Studies, she continued to be involved in the arts (as a singer and performer), while working independently with a range businesses as a marketing and sales strategy consultant. She felt particularly attracted to the innovative community of small tech media firms and soon started up a social enterprise to be able to support them more effectively.

DreamStake network for entrepreneurs and artists co-founded by her in 2008 expanded quickly and became a well established online incubator and collaboration platform for innovative SMEs. While helping a range of clients, Paulina was involved with the Bernie Grant Arts Centre (and its in-house performance company), Soho Theatre and collaborated with a few London based music producers as a singer and songwriter, recording and performing original music.

In 2009, alongside DreamStake network a professional services company was formed, delivering funding and mentoring services to the entrepreneurial and SME community.

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