We are proud to present the key findings from our (a) consultation process and (b) market research among students, young professionals and youth organisations in Hungary.
Our collective efforts to determine and then unpack youth-related challenges in Hungary ultimately culminated into the Changemakers Youth Forum more generally and (c) The Presidents’ Roundtable more specifically.
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At the beginning of 2021, the GiLE Foundation launched a six-month consultation process with several youth organisations in Hungary to determine the major challenges affecting youth today. We took into consideration the interests of both Hungarian and international youth who are living in the country. A snapshot market research survey was also conducted among hundreds of young professionals, recent graduates and students at Hungarian universities to gather their opinions, validate their needs, and determine their personal skills gap.
We knew from the very start that research provides compelling evidence for the global skills crisis and that it clearly indicates that far too many learning environments are not fit-for-purpose for the 21st century. It also seemed evident to us that young people are struggling more than ever to navigate through life nowadays.
However, we wanted to be 100% sure that the global research was equally applicable within the context of Hungary and the broader Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region.
Through our consultation process and primary research, we managed to:
Our consultation process, primary research and Changemakers Youth Forum was successful and informative in many ways. As a result, the GiLE Foundation is in a much stronger position to respond with targeted solutions to youth-related challenges, in a manner that can empower a lot of young people living in Hungary.
At the same time, it is still important to mention that we require meaningful support from stakeholders, including the business community, to help us address youth-related challenges as further emphasised in my open letter here.
Only together can we make a much stronger and more sustainable impact when it comes to empowering youth and the next generation of leaders.
As the Chairperson of the Changemakers Youth Forum, I am proud to say that our strategic intervention is well on its way to empower a lot of national and international youth in Hungary and the broader CEE region. We are on track to realise the aims that we set out to achieve in the coming years, and there’s a lot of excitement regarding our next steps.
It seldom happens that young leaders from impactful youth organisations in Hungary have the opportunity to share a platform – together! This is exactly what happened when we hosted The Presidents’ Roundtable when inspiring young leaders engaged in meaningful and thought-provoking discussions.
The roundtable discussion focused on youth leadership, how to better support Hungarian and international youth, and how to navigate through youth-related challenges and opportunities.
Each leader elaborated on the specific youth-related challenges that they raised during the GiLE Foundation’s consultation process. The panellists discussed how various challenges directly impact their youth organisation, their members, and colleagues, as well themselves personally as a young leader. After having unpacked the various challenges, we then engaged on exactly how stakeholders can get involved to play a meaningful role to address them, and thus empower and support young people in Hungary.
Daniel Al-Nuwaihi – President of AIESEC in Hungary
Lilla Bartuszek – Secretary-General of V4SDG
István Kárász – President of the Pact4Youth Association Hungary
Bernadett Pintér – President of the Erasmus Student Network Hungary
Tereza Suk – President of the International Diplomatic Students Association (IDSA)
Pál Weisz – President of the Simonyi Károly Szakkollégium
Craig V. Johnson – Chairperson of the Changemakers Youth Forum
We are proud to present the key findings from our (a) consultation process and (b) market research and (c) Changemakers Youth Forum, all of which involved hundreds of students, young professionals and youth organisations in Hungary.
Our findings are discussed separately below under the following categories:
In Hungary, there is a Youth Guarantee Programme (Ifjúsági Garancia Programme) that is aimed at enhancing the integration of young people into the job market. As part of this programme, employers are entitled to a non-refundable subsidy from the State if the company employs an employer under the age of 25 who is registered with the competent government office.
However, there are many challenges that make young people’s transition into the labour market tough. For example, (a) most jobs either require the level of experience that young people and students do not have, or they are given to internal colleagues who seemingly have already earned the trust of their employer. Additional reasons are that (b) young workers can, in many cases, be made redundant free of charge following a trial period of 3 months, and (c) many young people are not fully aware of their rights, so employers dismiss them even if it breaches the national labour code, with no consequences.
On behalf of the GiLE Foundation and as Chair of the Changemakers Youth Forum, I want to first express my gratitude to all the original co-creators and strategic youth partners of the forum, and by extension every organising member. Thank you for sharing your views and opinions on youth-related challenges, as well as your contributions to planning and organising the CYF. Your time, patience and enthusiasm are appreciated.
I would also like to thank (a) those who completed our market research survey, and (b) everyone else who provided inputs during our consultation process leading up to the CYF.
We are always searching for new social responsibility partners, sponsors, grant providers, collaborators and personal development trainers.
If you or your your organisation is in a position to support our youth forum, in any shape or form, then I encourage you to please get in touch with us at: