'Enough confidence to have a go'

Michael Young was a man of many missions. He created initiatives and iconic institutions that gave more power to people to shape a better, fairer future for themselves and for their communities.

That work is as vital now as it has ever been.

Celebrating The Young Foundation’s 70-year legacy, we’re working with other organisations Michael founded to show why and how we are ‘Forever Young’– and what that means for the challenges facing us today, and tomorrow.

Excerpt from a 1994 interview with our founder Michael Young by Jane Gabriel, Kate Gavron and Geoff Dench.

Young’s spirit lives on

‘He mixed the intellectual rigour of research with the entrepreneurial flair of business’

The Young Foundation Trustee, Mike Omoniyi, explains what being ‘Forever Young’ means to him.

‘He was a do-er; he got his hands dirty to make changes for the better’

Our Trustee Kate Hainsworth shares what the spirit of Michael Young means to her.

‘The driver of Michael’s innovation was often discontent’

Discontent can be a powerful force for good, if we choose to participate in generating new solutions, says Helen Goulden.

Young foundations: the essay collection

“Michael was – he is – my Guru, with the tone and construct of my career based very much on his beliefs and motives. I often quote his aside when, on a conference platform, an angry questioner cried ‘don’t you think you’re being a bit idealistic?’. ‘I do hope so’, murmured Michael.”

Eric Midwinter, associate of Michael Young and co-founder of the u3a.

Young ideas

Our journey to net zero

This policy brief presents research findings and recommendations for how to ensure the UK’s transition to net zero leaves no one behind. It shares insights from a two-year programme of work, funded by the Nuffield Foundation..

Five ways a community-centred policy agenda could take us to a fairer future

This paper was submitted to the Labour Party’s National Policy Forum (NPF) Consultation in March 2023 on the topic of empowered communities.

Digital solutions: tech-powered responses to 21st century crises

This paper explores the potential to develop digital civic infrastructure to support our national growth and drive levelling up.


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