Our Story

London Youth was founded in 1887 because the individual youth organisations of the day knew that they were stronger and could achieve more for young people by working together. Since then, much has changed for young Londoners, but the need to work together is more pressing than ever.

Since 1887, our team has worked with our members to offer young people a wide range of high quality opportunities for learning and fun and to build strong trusted relationships with adults and their peers.

We grew from the Ragged Schools movement of the 19th century, inspired by the simple idea that every young person, irrespective of background and circumstance, has something to gain from somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to.

We spent the twentieth century as two separate charities, The Federation of Boys’ Clubs and The Union of Youth Clubs, which worked primarily with girls. We got it together in 1999 to create The Federation of London Youth Clubs. That’s still our legal name, though we prefer London Youth.

More than a million of young Londoners have been through our doors at one time or another.

We’re proud of our history, helping young people become the best they can be for more than 130 years.

With local authority funding hugely reduced and activities for young people being lost, it is more important than ever to ensure youth provision remains available for young people in their community and to provide support for community youth organisations and youth workers. London Youth works to support them to remain effective and to come together to have a stronger voice in championing the needs of young people to policy makers.