Rise Up

Free leadership training for frontline youth workers

  • Do you work directly with young people and communities affected by violence?
  • Do you have lived or work-based experience that helps you understand and empathise with young people impacted by violence?
  • Are you looking to increase your confidence, skills and networks on preventing violence affecting young people?

Then why not join the 200 youth workers who have already taken the Rise Up challenge?

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 competence and Clore Social Leadership, who have a proven model for developing leaders in the third sector. Our learning partner on the programme is M2 change consultants.  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.

Recruitment Timeline:

To confirm your place on the programme you will need to complete the form below and we’ll invite you to an Assessment Day which are now being held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 28th February 10:00am – 12:00pm – Online Zoom
  • Tuesday 7th March  10:00am – 12:00pm – Online Zoom

Sign Up to start in March 2023

Rise Up as an investment into your organisation 

Rise Up invests in your organisation by upskilling your frontline staff to build confidence, knowledge in their professional role with young people and communities. Our aim is to build a network of frontline practitioners across London who will take their passion and learning from the programme back to their organisations and communities you operate in.   

We will work closely with organisations putting their staff forward and can provide a Backfill Fund to contribute towards the cost of staff time on the days that youth worker is on Rise Up.  We will be encouraging managers to engage with our networks and will create space to bring managers together to share the learning of the programme. 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 completed an expression of interest form, we will contact you with an overview of the programme invite you to attend an online taster session to meet the team and decide if Rise Up is right for you.   

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