Campaigning against youth unemployment: Battlefront is back!
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Battlefront, Channel 4’s Emmy winning TV series and online project that follows a group of young campaigners on a mission to change the world, is back and bigger than ever! This year the campaign is aiming to combat youth unemployment. As usual, the campaign scoured the country in search of four unemployed youths and offered them the fully paid positions of Battlefront campaigners. Their mission: "travel the UK to investigate the massive problem of Britain’s out-of-work 16-24 year olds, guided by expert mentors, cheered on by celebrity supporters and… YOU." Campaigner Ava Patel, 23, an unemployed Broadcast Journalism graduate from Blackburn, is aiming to take the campaign to top politicians as she sets out to get young people's voices heard on the issue of youth unemployment. Patel, who has first-hand experience of the harsh realities of unemployment, said: "All we ever hear is the views from employers and politicians that young people are lazy, we're job snobs, and we don't have the skills needed for workplace. "I've applied for hundreds of jobs and the amount of rejections I received made me feel completely demoralised. "No-one would tell me why I wasn't right for the job, I felt like every door was slammed in my face." As part of her campaign Ava is going to form a choir. But not just any choir - a choir of unemployed 18-24 year olds, who will perform in public to get the message out there. “I gotta get together an unemployed youth choir to get press attention and convince the powers-that-be to listen to young people’s voices on youth unemployment,” wrote Ava in her Battlefront blog. “And oh, to add to that, I’ve gotta sing a short solo. Me. Girl who can’t sing," she added.
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