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Youth charity seeks 40 future leaders

Added: 27 December 2017

Award-winning charity UpRising is calling out to ambitious 19-25 year olds from Birmingham to join their ‘life-changing’ Leadership Programme.

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The UpRising charity wants to change the face of power in this country - quite literally - and thanks to National Lottery funding, they are turning to the young people of Birmingham to support their important mission

In the UK, our leadership continues to be unrepresentative. Even though the results of 2017’s General Election brought us the most diverse Parliament ever, the majority of those with power in this country come from a narrow range of backgrounds.

There’s also a continued decline in youth and community services, as well as high levels of poverty that are often associated with poor social outcomes.

UpRising has designed a solution to get more young people from diverse and under-represented backgrounds involved in decision-making, so that they can become the voices on important community issues in the future.

The UpRising Leadership Programme returns to Birmingham for the seventh time. It has received more than £180,000 of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

The innovative six-month programme for 19-25 year olds fits around their work, study, family or caring commitments. UpRising will connect programme participants with the UK’s top change-makers, to gain the Leadership know-how and transform the world around them. They’ll take part in expert-led workshops and design and run a social action campaign in their communities. Furthermore, UpRising matches the participants with a coach and a mentor to help guide their personal and professional development and shape their future.

Importantly, the programme is completely free for the young people who take part. Applications are open now until Tuesday 9th January for the next programme, starting this January in Birmingham.

UpRising’s Chief Executive Lucy Caldicott believes that this important programme will pave the way for more young leaders to be from Birmingham to come forward,

 “We are extremely excited to launch our next Leadership Programme in Birmingham. As the UK faces increasingly complex challenges, we know that diverse young people with innovative ideas will play a key role in finding the solutions. UpRising will seek out these talented young people from underrepresented backgrounds and give them all the support they need to become Birmingham’s future leaders.” 

Since 2010, over 150 young people from Birmingham have now graduated from the UpRising Leadership Programme. One of those is Brian Lee who graduated in July 2017,
“UpRising has been a really uplifting experience for me to understand what it means to be a leader, to take the path less travelled and work on issues that are so important to society. All the sessions and connections are precious opportunities that I wouldn’t get anywhere else. I really appreciate UpRising for opening these windows of opportunity for me.”

During their time on the 2017 programme, participants met, networked and learned from organisations such as: Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Airport, BBC WM, KPMG, West Midlands Fire Service, mac Birmingham and BVSC.

One of UpRising’s supporters is Tony Smith, Policy Executive at Birmingham City Council, who says that he continues to be impressed by the leaders-to-be involved with the UpRising Programme,

“I have now attended three UpRising events. They’re brilliantly well run and driven by the enthusiasm and spirit of all the people involved. I always come away inspired and full of ideas from engaging with the amazing young people on the UpRising Leadership Programme. Their positive attitudes and curiosity make it a real pleasure to speak to them and to answer their endless questions. Meeting such stars restores one’s faith in the future. I would recommend anyone to take any opportunity to participate in the UpRising Leadership Programme.”


James Harcourt, England Grant Making Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said:

“Strong communities are built by the people who live in them, which is why we’re proud to support UpRising’s latest Leadership Programme. It will give young people opportunities to become confident leaders, using their experience and insight to take action on the issues which matter in their local community. When you hear about projects like this you realise the important role money generated by National Lottery players has in enhancing people’s lives.”

After graduation, the young leaders will continue to receive support from UpRising as they progress to UpRising’s Emerging Leaders Network, which is a growing movement of 3,300 UpRising graduates across the UK.

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