As many of us look to the year ahead wondering what 2013 will bring, new research suggests many of our region's young people are filled with despair at their prospects.
The Prince's Trust claims one in ten young people in the North East can't cope with life because of problems finding a job.
Paul Brown from The Prince's Trust joined us for a chat in our London studio.
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