Rise Up 

A free leadership training for frontline youth workers

  • Are you a youth professional who works directly with young people and communities affected by violence
  • Do you have lived experience that helps you understand and empathise with young people?
  • Are you ready to take your place as a leader in tackling the causes of youth violence?
  • Are you proactively seeking to enhance your leadership skills, networks and knowledge in the sector?

Rise Up is our free leadership programme for frontline youth practitioners working with young people vulnerable to violence.  Now in its third year, it is funded by the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit and developed and delivered in partnership with Leap Confronting Conflict, who bring their expertise in delivering specialist training, Power the Fight, who bring their expertise in community-led change and cultural competency, and Clore Social Leadership, who have a proven model for developing leaders in the third sector.  Through specialist training, coaching, mentoring and networking, this programme will build your skills in leadership and youth work.

Why Rise Up? 

Too many young Londoners experience the devastating effects of violence and the emotional and mental trauma that accompanies it. To address the causes and impact, we need good youth work more than ever. 

The Rise Up leadership programme strengthens London’s youth sector by investing directly in frontline youth work professionals and their organisations. The programme builds on your existing knowledge and expertise as a youth practitioner and will support you to fulfil your potential and leadership goals.   

Rise Up’s core training runs for 5 months, with additional optional opportunities for alumni in autumn and beyond. It guides you through weekly online or in-person training sessions, reflection spaces and action days for a rich experience focused on your development. Your expertise will be strengthened through the experiences of fellow youth practitioners in the group and insights from organisations specialising in youth work, trauma, conflict, contextual safeguarding and leadership. 

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What you will gain:  

  • Increased confidence
  • Deepened youth work skills and practice 
  • Addressing conflict effectively 
  • Feeling fulfilled in their career  
  • Greater ability to participate in strategic discussions
  • Development of their leadership potential 

Learn more about the course structure here.

Rise Up as an investment into your organisation 

Rise Up invests into your organisation, by upskilling your team who have lived experiences to become leaders in their profession. Our aim is to address the lack of cultural competency by those at the top by tipping the balance and positively disrupt stagnant approaches to tackling youth violence.  

We will work closely with your organisation to ensure that you as a participant are supported to take a day off per week to invest via our Backfill and Access Funds and encouraging your managers to engage with our networks. Please make sure they are aware of this opportunity before you apply. You can express your interest using the form below and indicate if you are an applicant or the manager of a youth worker you would like to nominate for this funded course.  

Once you have expressed interest, we will contact you with a detailed overview of the programme and next steps. 

If you have any question about this programme please email riseup@londonyouth.org 

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