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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

YLAA's Top Podcasts for Holistic Learners and Leaders


We’ve gathered together a list of some pretty cool podcasts for young people who want to develop the knowledge, skillsets, and confidence to be their best selves, and to become holistic, well-rounded young adults. Covering careers to politics to life skills, these podcasts are concise, effective ways to learn new skills every day. 

  1. Driven Young with Byron Dempsey

Byron Dempsey is covering the topics that he wishes were taught in high school - anything from mental health, goal setting, making subject selections, to investing or taking a gap year, Byron has covered it. His podcast is a great way to reflect and learn about the things that young people so often feel are overlooked in traditional educational institutions - and to learn skills that will be super-applicable to helping you become a more informed, well-rounded person. 

  1. The Lost Button

Ever felt lost in your career or subject decisions? Overwhelmed at the sheer amount of choice? Confused at where to start, at what your skills are or where your passions lie? The team at Purposeful are talking to young people about how they’ve endured these feelings, strategies they used to overcome them, and where they are now. As the old parable goes, we can’t be what we can’t see - and The Lost Button is helping young people find blueprints through non-traditional careers, broadening their knowledge of the options available after school, and empowering you to make authentic choices about your life and career path. It’s a refreshing take on careers and life after school, and one which will help both broaden your horizons and assure you that no matter what happens - you will find your path. 

  1. What You Will Learn

Keeping it short, sweet and succinct - that’s what this podcast does best. If you’ve ever felt like you should read self-improvement books, but don’t have the time or energy, then this pod is for you. The team at What You Will Learn do all the reading for you, then summarise the books’ key takeaways into short podcast episodes. That way, you can get all the information while skipping 300 pages of reading ON TOP of school work. I’d say that’s pretty handy. 

  1. No Silly Questions

With the election coming up, there’s plenty of political commentary going on which, for young people particularly, can feel super overwhelming. The machinery of government is complex and it can be hard to know where to start in trying to understanding it. This podcast keeps it simple - knowing that there’s no silly questions when it comes to understanding how politics works - and seeks to explain complex, broad political topics in a concise, consumable, and entertaining form. Their episodes are super informative and helpful for any young person looking to build some more political literacy. Whether or not you’ll be voting this year, we all have a crucial role and responsibility to participate meaningfully in our political systems - and knowing where to start understanding it is a great first step. 

  1. With Joe Webhe

Joe Webhe is ‘The Doorman’ - dedicated to opening doors to new and expansive opportunities for young people. But he’s also teaching you how to do it yourself - equipping you with the skills to level up in life, your career, and your personal growth, through super-short daily podcast episodes focussing on a specific skillset, idea, or interview with an influential leader. If you’re keen to start leveling up on the regular, this is a great place to start.

Additional Note: This article was written by,

. This author is a member of YLAA's Youth Advisory Board. As our organisation continues to evolve, we want to make sure that we continue to represent and empower the voices of youth in their own affairs, that’s why we have created our first Youth Advisory Board - not only to ensure that our students’ interests are at the core of every aspect of our organisation, but also to give the young people we serve the opportunity to develop themselves personally, whilst contributing to our mission of ensuring a sustainable future for all youth.

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