For a young person today, working out who you are and what you want to do is one of the key challenges you face upon entering adulthood. For those that face inequalities, this process can be especially laden with pitfalls and barriers. Our mission at The Young Foundation, to confront the inequalities that undermine our economy and corrode our wellbeing, means that we work on and with a fantastic range of youth and education programmes supporting young people. Young people who may have the drive and passion to change the world they live in but are inhibited to do so due to some of the structural inequalities they face.
One example of this work is the youth leadership programme UpRising which we incubated when it was in its early stages in 2008 before it was launched as an independent charity in 2013. This unique development programme opens pathways to leadership for talented young adults from diverse backgrounds in the UK and equips them with the knowledge, networks, skills and confidence to fulfil their leadership potential, find new opportunities and transform the world around them through social action.
As Uprising continues to go from strength to strength, we are really proud to have been part of their journey. And their latest initiative, One Million Mentors, launched this week, will help more young people find their purpose in life and change the world they live in. Co-founded by former Young Foundation staff, Rushanara Ali and Alveena Malik, One Million Mentors aims to build a national online platform to recruit, train and deploy mentors to organisations working with young people and build a movement of a million mentors over the next decade.
We want to do all we can to spread the word about this vital initiative so if you are aged between 25 and 75 years old, are a professional/retired professional and can give one hour a month for twelve months, do sign up today. Be part of the movement to make a real difference to thousands of young people’s lives and enable them to touch the lives of those around them.