December 3, 2012
Award winning CBC journalist Neil Sandell was selected for the 2011 Aktinson Fellowship in Public Policy. On Saturday, December 1, the first installment of his series on youth unemployment was published in the Toronto Star.
His series, entitled Good Work Hunting: In Search of Answers for the Young and Jobless, focuses on youth unemployment in Canada and internationally.
“I began looking at the issue of youth unemployment in January 2011,” said Sandell. “Since then, the problems that beset youth have only become more entrenched. In Canada, job growth for young adults is stagnant. In Spain, the worsening situation is causing genuine hardship. I witnessed first hand the cruelties of 52% youth unemployment.”
Despite this, Sandell found encouraging signs in places as diverse as Boston, Berlin, Winnipeg, and Rotterdam. His series concentrates on best practices and solutions.
“Our best hope is to learn from the success stories,” he said.
Follow the series at thestar.com/atkinson
Follow Neil Sandell on Twitter @youngnjobless
Join the conversation #goodworkhunting