About UpRising

UpRising is a new leadership programme being developed by the Young Foundation to support and train a new generation of public leaders. UpRising identifies, recruits, develops and supports 19 to 25 year olds to enable them to play a greater role in politics and public decision-making.

The aim is to create a pool of talented young leaders from a range of backgrounds who can transform their communities for the better and take up positions of power in public institutions. UpRising was launched in 2008 and is being piloted in the East London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Newham and Tower Hamlets. It will then spread across London and into other major cities across the UK. The programme has cross-party support with Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg serving as its patrons.

Elements of the UpRising leadership programme include: monthly learning sessions; a weekend residential; support and advice to set up a community campaign; one-to-one mentoring; learning visits; networking events and placements. As well as developing skills and networks, UpRising aims to create opportunities for young people to form strong ties and work together to serve their communities.

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