Calling on Young People in Hastings to Take Survey and Tackle Youth Unemployment: Connected Futures Project

05th July 2023

Connected Futures, a youth-led research project, has been launched in Hastings with the goal of investigating the root causes of youth unemployment in the local area. Delivered by charity CXK in partnership with East Sussex County Council and Hastings Borough Council, the project is calling upon young people in Hastings to participate in a survey, to offer valuable insights into their views on education, employment, and training, and identify the barriers they face. Access the survey at

The Connected Futures project is empowering Hastings’ young people to lead the exploration of employment challenges they encounter. Through gathering facts, challenging existing practices, and recommending strategies, the project aims to overcome barriers to youth employability.

By taking part in the survey, Hastings’ young people will contribute to the exploration of crucial areas, including:

  • Identifying barriers faced by young people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training).
  • Understanding the experiences of young people dealing with challenging family circumstances.
  • What post-16 provision would be needed to address the specific needs of our young people.
  • Highlighting the experiences of young people facing prejudice, discrimination, and hostility.
  • Working towards a coherent approach that empowers young people to thrive and succeed.

Connected Futures represents an extraordinary opportunity for young people in Hastings to have a direct impact on shaping their future. The survey is open to all young individuals in the area, and their input will be instrumental in formulating recommendations that lead to positive change.

To participate in the Connected Futures survey and have your voice heard, please visit For more information about the project, visit

The Connected Futures project is being delivered by charity CXK, in partnership with East Sussex County Council, and Hastings Borough Council. The project is being funded through a Connected Futures grant by the Youth Futures Foundation







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