Here's a new year's resolution that's easy to keep: getting involved in one of the Young Fabians' policy networks. Each is an informal group of young people who meet together to network, to discuss and debate issues in their policy area, organise events, produce publications, and build links with the key organisations and individuals in their sector.
Anyone can join, and the first step is signing up here, so we can keep you updated with the latest events and opportunities.Sign up
What do we do about failing schools? What needs to happen to increase the number of apprenticeships? How do we prepare young people for the uncertain world ahead? And how do we pay for it all?
The Young Fabians Education Network brings together teachers, students and young professionals working in education to discuss the big challenges facing British education. It aims to become a go-to place for those on the left who are interested in contributing to the debate.
2014 is a big year for the Labour Party. The local elections and the European Parliament elections will both happen on 22 May, and the Young Fabians have an important role to play in helping the Labour Party win across the country. In addition, the Scottish Referendum takes places on 18 September - we would like to play our part in keeping Great Britain together.
Our challenge at the Young Fabians is to get organised and build a culture of campaigning. Starting now, we hope to build a campaigning culture to help Labour win this year, in the General Election next year, and the London Mayoral Election in 2016.
That is why we have created a Young Fabians’ Campaigns Programme. This year's Campaigns Programme is an opportunity for all members: some will be veteran campaigners who can share their experience, while others will see it as an opportunity get more campaigning experience - both are integral to helping Labour win.
Become part of the Campaigns Programme Leadership Team
If you want to be part of the Campaigns Programme Leadership Team (CPLT), let us know. The team is responsible for driving our strategy and helping us organise. It's a great opportunity for new campaigners to learn on the trail and for new campaigners to help shape the foundations.
You can sign up to participate here.
Twitter: @youngfabians #yfcampaigns
With the general election fast approaching, now is the time to flesh out our vision for 2015. This is the last chance to really impact the choices of the next Labour government, and we believe that it is important that Young Fabians make their voices heard.
With this in mind, our research project for 2014 is an ideas series on One Nationism – and we’d like you to get involved.
These projects are led by Young Fabian members who successfully pitched during an open application process in early 2014. Each of these research projects will include different ways to get involved for members up and down the country.
You can sign up to participate in any of these projects here.
Most Young Fabians were in their teens when New Labour came to power twelve years ago. Many were still at primary school. We are a generation whose formative political years have been spent under a Labour government. Much has been achieved in that time – including the national minimum wage, vital investment in education and the National Health Service and policies to help society turn the corner on inequality and life chances – but much is left still to do, and we must be the generation to do it. Our society continues to be one in which four million children live in poverty. Over 60,000 young workers under 22 earn less than the minimum wage in jobs with limited prospects of progression.
It is our generation that must pick up the tab for a 200-year old carbon legacy and it is we who must seek to re-invigorate democracy both at home and internationally to find just solutions to manifold injustices. If we are to have any hope of addressing these and other challenges, we must move the progressive agenda forward, and fast.
The work of this years policy groups cover the following areas:
• The Economy & Prosperity
• International & Security Policy
• Democracy & Communities
• The Public Realm
- What is the difference between Young Fabians and Young Labour?
- What is the difference between Young Fabians and Labour Students?
- Who runs the Young Fabians?
- What is the relationship between the Fabian Society and the Young Fabians?
- What is the organisation's position on X policy?
- How do I get involved with the Young Fabians?
- How can I write for the Young Fabians?
Originally founded in 2015 as a hub for young people working in public relations, marketing and journalism, the Communications Network is now one of the Young Fabians' biggest and most active networks. Now open to anyone with an interest in journalism and communications, we've run events on everything from fake news and local elections to the future of Labour as a party.
Keep an eye out for our next exciting event. We look forward to seeing you there ;-)