The Young Foundation started the UpRising Leadership Programme as a way to open pathways to leadership for talented young adults from diverse backgrounds in the UK.
UpRising is now an independent charitable organisation that works with talented young people, equipping them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to transform their communities for the better.
UpRisers participate in regular training sessions and see how the levers of power work behind the scenes in Parliament, government departments and the media. They also test their skills by running their own local campaigns and receive one-to-one support from mentors – other young leaders who can offer support, advice and guidance.
Five years on, UpRising participants have launched anti-BNP campaigns, become school governors, sat on grant committees and successfully pushed for changes in legislation.