Rise Up Youth Practitioners Leadership Programme

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Too many young Londoners grow up in poverty, live in insecure housing and experience serious violence and abuse. We need good youth work now more than ever.

Our new leadership programme strengthens London’s youth sector by investing directly in youth practitioners. Rise Up builds on your existing knowledge and expertise to develop a new generation of sector leaders across our communities.

About the programme

  • A free, innovative leadership programme for frontline youth practitioners working with young people vulnerable to violence.
  • Aspirational, elevating youth sector leaders as knowledgeable and trusted representatives of the communities they serve
  • Accessible, aimed at those without formal youth work qualifications, with lived experience of the challenges and barriers affecting young people most at risk of violence

Specialist training

We know youth practitioners are highly skilled at engaging and supporting vulnerable young peopleHowever, many have not had the opportunity to receive formal training in specialist areas, access influential sector leaders or develop their leadership potential We have developed Rise Up to address this, offering a unique experience and developing areas such as:  

  • Trauma Informed Practice 
  • Gender and Culturally Informed Practice 
  • Contextual Safeguarding  
  • Systems Change  
  • Mental Health First Aid 
  • Mentoring and coaching 
  • Organisational leadership 

Applications now closed

The deadline to apply has now passed. Applicants will be notified the week of 14th December if their application was successful or not.

If you would like to express interest in any future version of Rise Up or similar programmes then please complete this form

Fill out my online form.

If you have any queries about the Rise Up programme you can email riseup@londonyouth.org 


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Our partnership

The programme is designed and delivered in partnership with Leap Confronting Conflict who bring expertise in delivering specialist training, and Clore Social Leadership who have an established third-sector leadership development model.

Leap Confronting Conflict
For over 30 years, Leap Confronting Conflict (Leap) has designed programmes to transform the way conflict is managed by young people and the adults who support them. By developing creative and adaptable approaches, Leap support young people to deal with immediate issues, whilst also addressing some of the longer term, systematic patterns of behaviour that lead to violent and destructive expressions of conflict.

Clore Social Leadership
A national charity supporting and developing social leaders so they can transform their communities, organisations and the world around them. They help make social change happen by investing in people and enabling them to become resilient, connected and collaborative leaders with the capabilities to tackle 21st century challenges.

The Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU)
Set up in 2018 to prevent the spread of violent crime in London, the VRU brings together specialists from health, police, local government, probation and community organisations to tackle violent crime and the underlying causes of violent crime. We are grateful to the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit for funding this programme and investing in frontline youth practitioners across the capital.