Youth Engagement and Youth Leadership

Our new Youth Leaders Programmefunded by the Mercers’ Company, aims to create a process whereby young people, engaged across our work, can be supported to develop their leadership skills and take an enhanced role in the voice and influence of the organisations work.

We have been working with various young people across strands of our work, as youth advisory leads on different aspects of our programmes, peer researchers, volunteers, as well as through learning social media techniques, and co-hosting meetings we aim to take this work forward to the next stage through a youth leadership programme.

This programme will create a network of youth leaders who will assess some of the key issues for the region, develop a set of recommendations for future development and develop a youth leaders network who will influence youth policy under the banner of the Vision for Young Londoners.




Why are we doing this programme?


This programme will explore how we can engage young people in influencing policy more effectively. The work aims to create pathways through our various services, develop leadership and influencing skills for the young people who have been involved in our work, in a more focused way, creating a pathway for involvement.

We aim to work with groups of young people who are linked with our partners and the Children in Care Council work that we are developing with the City of London, the GLA and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services. The work will engage up to 35 young people across the various aspects of the delivery, in line with their needs and capacity. We are keen to ensure that addressing inequalities is a key focus across the work, we have good networks and connections with young parents, young people from BAME groups, young people leaving care, and we want to ensure that these groups are the target for our programmes.


How does the programme work?


Over the course of a year we will provide three targeted skills development training, linked to youth leadership and influencing; youth voice and influence skills development, peer research training and facilitation of focus groups, and social media and vlogging training.

Youth Advisory Board

We are also recruiting 10 young people, aged 14 – 24 with a range of experiences and backgrounds, to form the Partnership for Young London Youth Advisory Board. This is to ensure that young peoples’ voices shape and influence our work, including the regional priorities for the Vision for Young Londoners by assessing key issues for young people in the Capital and developing a set of recommendations for future development of the organisation. Please click here for the Youth Board Role Description and Equal Opportunities Form.

Event Dates

Campaign Training with The Sheila McKechnie Foundation 25th August The S.M.F will provide training to support young people in understanding how to campaign, get their voice heard and help to shape the world. For more information please contact





Contact Details

For more information and enquiries about the programme, please contact:
Naomi Emmanuel:  or Zoe Nation:






Supported by The Mercers’ Company