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Youth Social Action

Partnership for Young London and Rocket Science have been appointed by the Greater London Authority (GLA) to evaluate their Youth Social Action programmes that are currently being delivered across London in schools and different community settings.


A team of Peer-researchers who have taken part in these programmes, have been collecting data through interviews and surveys to understand the successes and challenges of the programme delivery.

Programme of work

About the wider programme


The Mayor of London is committed to supporting the most disadvantaged young Londoners who have suffered disproportionately from social inequalities and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis.  As one of the largest funders of civil society in the capital, the Greater London Authority (GLA) has delivered programmes empowering marginalised young people and equipping them with the skills and knowledge to help them overcome the barriers they face.


Youth social action provides young people with the opportunity to make a positive difference within their communities while providing the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and networks. The GLA’s Civil Society and Sport Team oversees the delivery of youth social action programmes which are one enabler of the Mayor’s ambition to invest in the capital’s young people.

The 3 different strands of programme delivery are Headstart Action, Young Ambassador and My London, with PYL only evaluating the first 2 delivery programmes. Headstart Action programmes are delivered by Family Action in community organisations across London and target young people from underrepresented communities to support with employability-skills development.


Young Ambassadors, initiated by the Mayor in 2013 and match-funded by #i-will, engages youth aged 9-25 in social action through schools. Comprising two streams, it includes Enhanced Young Ambassadors, specifically supporting Alternative Provision, Pupil Referral Units, and SEND Schools, delivered by Volunteering Matters. 


Our Peer-researchers Oscar Kibila and Nasir Khan had an opportunity to interview their peers as well as other stakeholders at the GLA’s Young People & Communities Conference.

 Peer-researchers Musa Abdullah and Oscar Kibila summarise the findings of the evaluation process so far.

Contact Us


Nora Zia

Youth Researcher Officer



Matthew Walsham

Policy Lead


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