An open letter to the
business community

Dear business community,

 

There is a global skills crisis, and insufficient opportunities to promote youth engagement, youth participation and youth leadership. It is within the direct interests of the business community to help address these challenges and take the initiative to support young people living in Hungary and the broader Central and Eastern Europe region.

The time for action is now!

Research provides compelling evidence that young people are struggling to transition into the labour market, and they are struggling to navigate their way through the challenges of the 21st century. However, even against this backdrop, I’m excited to inform you of positive developments taking place right now in Budapest. We have collectively launched an intervention that’s designed to help address these challenges and it’s something that should, at the very least, be of interest to you and your organisation.

 

Firstly, you should know that a major milestone was achieved on the 1st of September 2021 when several youth-focused organisations signed a Framework Cooperation Agreement to officially formalise our collective commitment to create an annual flagship event in Hungary, called the Changemakers Youth Forum #CYF.

 

The GiLE Foundation facilitates its annual co-creation, and all signatories decided to join forces because they share a common understanding of the urgent need to actively promote youth engagement, youth participation and youth leadership. We also all recognise the utmost importance of collaboration and the urgent need to empower young people on a far grander scale in Hungary and the broader Central and Eastern Europe region.

 

However, despite our noble efforts and our ambitious plans, the truth of the matter is that we cannot go at it alone.

We require support and collaboration from all stakeholders, including the business community, to help us bring about positive systematic changes that support young people’s pursuit of a successful and meaningful life in the 21st century.

Our first Changemakers Youth Forum took place on the 15th and 16th of October and it was a great success! It proved to be a game-changer and we are ready to take this empowering initiative to the next level.

 

If you and your organisation connects with the aims of our youth forum, and you would like to be part of our exciting social impact journey together, then I strongly encourage you to please get in touch with us for more information.

 

We have plenty of ideas and plenty of oven-ready initiatives that the business community can support, as part of a broader CSR program to upskill, reskill and support young people.

 

Let’s sit down together, and find meaningful ways to support a generation of future leaders.

 

Sincerely,

Craig V. Johnson

 

Chairperson, Changemakers Youth Forum

Founder & Co-Creator, GiLE Foundation

Craig V. Johnson

 

Chairperson,

Changemakers Youth Forum

 

Founder &

Co-Creator,

GiLE Foundation