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  • - I just sat down and had a long conversation

  • with my 16-year-old daughter.

  • And she was asking me

  • what can she expect with her future?

  • We were talking about what colleges to go to

  • and what kind of jobs might even be available

  • in this new COVID reality.

  • And she's had a tough year.

  • You know, her GCSE exams were cancelled here in Britain.

  • And for those of you, and the rest of the world,

  • it's a real point in your high school career

  • where you're judged and you're graded

  • on how well you're gonna be able to compete in the future.

  • There's just so much confusion that she has right now.

  • If she goes to college,

  • will she be taking classes virtually?

  • Will there be any jobs after that?

  • What is this new future look like

  • in this lockdown economy or lack thereof?

  • And you know, she's not alone.

  • There's a lot of children

  • that are asking a lot of questions.

  • And I feel like we're responsible

  • because we haven't given them any hope

  • as far as what's gonna happen in the future,

  • because all we've given them is uncertainty.

  • And that's because we continually see a lack of leadership,

  • we see a disproportionate response to this virus,

  • and we see a total lack of science-based decision making.

  • Which is not only ruining our economy,

  • which is the backbone of London,

  • it's also ruining the future of our children.

  • And it's not just my daughter that's thinking this.

  • The Prince's Trust recently did a survey

  • of 2000 16 to 25 year old children or actually young adults.

  • And they said we are at risk of creating a lost generation.

  • And some of the figures were absolutely shocking.

  • 41% of these young children said

  • it looked like now their goals were impossible to achieve.

  • 41%.

  • Another 38% said now they think,

  • in this new pandemic reality,

  • that they'll never succeed in life.

  • And then on top of that,

  • another 43% said they'll probably never have

  • a job they love.

  • And when you get into poorer communities

  • and less advantageous students it goes up to 55%,

  • of actually believe they'll never have a job they love.

  • Think about that.

  • Think about being a teenager

  • and believing you'll never have a job you love.

  • You know, when I grew up as a kid

  • my mom said, "Brian, you could do anything you want to."

  • And maybe, that's just the mom being a mom,

  • but I really believed it.

  • She said, "You wanna be an astronaut?

  • You can be an astronaut.

  • You wanna be president?

  • You can be president.

  • You can be anything you wanna be."

  • And I went at life that way

  • and I've always treated my life that way,

  • that if I worked hard enough,

  • I could have anything I wanted.

  • And I still believe that.

  • We've gotta give this impression to our younger generation.

  • They're the ones that are gonna be taking care of us.

  • They're the ones that are gonna be funding

  • our health services and building our economy.

  • And if we don't give them this hope,

  • then we're literally doomed.

  • Everything is doomed,

  • because literally the children are our future.

  • And so that's why I'm frustrated.

  • And I place the blame squarely on our leadership.

  • Again, there's been a total lack of leadership.

  • Again, a disproportionate response to this virus

  • and a total lack of science-based decision making.

  • We know we could get this economy back

  • on track almost immediately

  • if just started making intelligent decisions.

  • We know we could protect those at risk

  • and actually make a proportionate response to this virus.

  • And finally, let's make some science-based decision making.

  • Plain and simple, let's really lay out what we need to do

  • and get everyone back to work, back to school,

  • and let's get this world back

  • to where our children have a future.

  • And they at least believe and can dream

  • that they can go and do anything they want

  • and be anything they want.

  • They know where they can go to college.

  • They know that college is gonna be a real experience,

  • hopefully with real people, just like my experience was

  • and it literally changed my life.

  • And so that's what I wanna talk about today.

  • Please leave your comments below.

  • If you're in that age group

  • and you're feeling this way,

  • if you're a parent of a child

  • and you're getting these feelings,

  • or if you have a contrary opinion, I'd love that.

  • Share this video.

  • If you want your elected representatives to hear this

  • and you want them to and to listen and make a change,

  • time is running out.

  • We need a new direction.

  • We need someone that can get up there

  • and make these changes and really show some leadership.

  • And again, get everything back on track

  • and give new hope to our younger generation.

  • Thank you very much.

- I just sat down and had a long conversation

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1 IN 3 YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE “GIVEN UP HOPES” OF THEIR "DREAM JOB" DUE TO THE PANDEMIC ? & LOCKDOWN ?

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    Summer   posted on 2020/10/13
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