Now, for many young people finding a job after leaving school or college is a tough proposition. But imagine the additional barriers for those who are disabled.
We've been talking to Tommy Gundry from Liskeard who has made it his mission to tackle those barriers - and make local employers recognise that disabled workers are as good as anyone else.
He enlisted the help of Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - to make his point.
Most men end up losing some hair … but what if you're a woman. Alopecia affects up to 2% of females, and for many it's traumatic.
In our latest update from Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - two teenagers from Plymouth have launched a striking poster campaign to change the way we think:
A young man from the Lizard Peninsular has begun an eye-catching campaign to get people talking about poverty in Cornwall.
In our latest update from Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - he's concerned that many families are struggling to survive..
A young woman from Plymouth is calling for greater support for recovering alcoholics after being helped through costly rehab, but then returning to the bottle and petty crime when she was left by herself.
She's enlisted the help of Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - to get her message across:
Every two days a young person dies, or is seriously injured, in an accident on the region's roads. Now, a group of young people - including some from our region - have been at a conference to tackle the issue
As part of the FIXERS project that gives young people a voice, they want to influence a forthcoming government Green Paper on young drivers.
A young Lithuanian girl who moved to Devon, and hopes to one day to work in the health service, is asking local people to celebrate the contribution that hard-working migrants can make.
She's working with Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - to highlight some of the great things they've brought to the county and the region.
While many farmers say they love the job, the industry has one of the highest suicide rates in the country.
One woman from Cornwall says she wants to raise awareness of the difficulties of the profession. So with the help of Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - she's started a campaign to expose what she calls the 'realities' of life in the fields.
A young woman from Somerset is calling for help to keep her friends out of jail - because, she says, there is too little for them on the outside.
In our latest update from Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - she says that many young offenders would rather stay inside because they struggle to support themselves outside, and it's difficult to stay out of trouble:
Two teenagers in Devon are encouraging their friends to swap clothes to cut down on the waste and exploitation of cheap disposable fashion.
It's the latest update from Fixers - the campaign that helps young people to help others.
At more than 15%, youth unemployment in the South West is two and a half times the regional average of around 6%. Now a group of youngsters in Liskeard is trying to buck the trend.
They've enlisted the help of Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - to get access to business leaders. And they've come up with a novel way to get themselves noticed.
Watch the report here: