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Celebrating our 140th Anniversary

We are pleased to launch Youth Culture and Trends, insights research around the lives and culture of young people in 2023 which has been prepared in partnership with the Youthscape Centre for Research.

As we continue to support children and young people now and into the future to experience life to the full, it’s important we understand their needs. The research will help to shape and inform what we do, including the resources and support provided to our dedicated volunteer leaders and also how we explore different opportunities for living out our vision and mission.

There are many aspects of young people’s lives that have not changed over the last 30-40 years. However, there have been significant shifts in culture, technology, and wider society, all of which shape young people’s experiences and worldview.

By identifying these trends and pressures, the research aims to help BB volunteers ‘see’ young people and the worlds they inhabit with clarity and compassion. It aims to answer the following questions:

  1. What shifts in culture and society define the experience of being a young person in 2023?
  2. What are the primary ways that young people’s lives have changed over the last 10 years?

Download the Research

You can download the research (in PDF format) below:

Jonathan Eales, Chief Executive of The Boys’ Brigade, says: “Structured youth organisations, such as The Boys’ Brigade, offer children and young people the opportunity to meet new people, develop friendships and learn new skills in a caring environment. Importantly we offer young people from all backgrounds a safe space where they don’t need to be good at something to be accepted and feel valued.”

“Even though the research shows young people are less likely to consider themselves ‘Christian’, and less likely to have grown up in environments where they have gained knowledge or experience of the Christian faith, they are still open to exploring what faith means to them – something which The Boys’ Brigade helps them to explore.”