Young people are invited to an event aimed at boosting their employability prospects.
Businesses from across the North East will join youth projects at the networking event on 13 March to explore opportunities for working together to make a difference to young people.
The event is part of the national United Futures campaign, which aims to increase business engagement with the out-of-school youth sector across England.
It is led by charities Business In The Community, National Children's Bureau and UK Youth.
The North East has the highest regional Neet (not in education, employment or training) rate in England, which stood at 9% of 16 to 18 year-olds in the region during the last quarter of 2012.
The event will be held between 8.30am and10.30am at Starbucks in the Metro Centre, Gateshead.
– Beth Cummins, youth consultant
"For me one of the main reasons for youth sector and businesses to get involved together is employability.
"Young people are hardest hit by unemployment particularly in the North East and so it's important to inspire that entrepreneurial drive and confidence within them."