Launch of the Young Asian Social Enterprise Scheme (YASE)

Young people in Britain today are facing unprecedented challenges, with youth unemployment at
its highest level since records began. For young British Asians, the challenges are even greater.
According to a report published by Race for Opportunity, ethnic minorities are less likely to find
employment after graduation. The report cites that ?only 56.3% of BAME (Black, Asian and Minority
Ethnic) graduates found full-time or part-time employment within a year of graduating compared with
two thirds of white students (66%)?1.

YASE is a unique social enterprise scheme that will the youth to improve their employability
prospects. The scheme is based on a national competition, whereby participants use their
entrepreneurial skills to organise projects and activities to raise funds. Participants that show real
entrepreneurial drive and raise the highest funds will be rewarded with a career development
package, including a work placement at a leading firm, mentoring by industry professionals and
bespoke coaching on application forms and interviews.

The funds raised through YASE will go directly towards social projects that empower underprivileged
children in India. The Akshaya Patra foundation is one of the social projects that has been selected
by YASE. This foundation runs a school meal programme, feeding over 1.3 million underprivileged
children daily in more than 8,260 schools in 18 locations, across 8 states in India.

The first phase of the scheme is being launched at the Asian Voice Youth Conference, taking place
on Saturday 3rd March at SOAS University (in collaboration with the Asian Voice newspaper and the
City Hindus Network). The YASE team will provide details on how you can participate in this scheme
at this conference. In addition, leading professionals from various industries including: media, finance,
politics, medicine, accounting, law and others will be providing practical tips on how you can achieve
your career ambitions.

For further information on YASE, visit or email To register for
the youth conference, email