City Leaders

Delivering progressive social action and leadership opportunities to young people across London

Young leader at training sessionOur flagship social action programme takes teams of young people and provides the support and structure for them to build their team work skills, create opportunities in their youth organisation and pitch for funding to for a community project on issues important to them.

City Leaders is an open access programme, encouraging and enabling young people to design and deliver a project or campaign on a issue that is important to them and within their community.

“…allowing young people to lead and take full ownership of something in a way that may be difficult to do with other projects.”

Youth worker, City Leaders group 2019/20 

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How does it work?

We will train member organisations to  take groups of young people through three progressive stages, starting from where they are at, and challenging them to further their skills at each stage. Examples below are taken from the previous year of City Leaders.

  1. At Team Stage, young people work together to run a group activity and learn about teamwork. This year most of the group started their projects through lockdown.   TAG use some of their Team Stage budget toward a video conferencing package to allow young people to meet up online and bond by playing games and socialising together.
  2. At Club Stage, young people develop and lead a project to improve the youth organisation they attend.  The young people from Redbridge Youth Services began promoting their ‘Stay Safe at Home’ message with online questionnaires for their peers and posting  videos on their YouTube channel.
  3. At Community Stage young people design their own project to have a positive impact on their local community. They pitch for the resources and support needed to deliver the project at an event hosted a range of exciting venues across London.  This year pitched were held online but Community Stage projects have continued to have a great impact under Covid-safe restrictions. Barnet Refugee Services recognised it would be very different celebrating Eid and Easter in lockdown for a lot of the young people at their organisation so with the support  of a local food bank who offered them the space to pack and distribute, they created gift bags with Eid treats, toys and hand painted Easter eggs each with a handwritten message and gave them to vulnerable children.
  4. At the final stage, called ‘Futures’, we work directly with a group of 20-25 young people who’ve shown the greatest commitment through the Team, Club and Community Leaders stages of the programme. These aspiring leaders take part in a three month leadership programme tailored to their needs and designed to help them learn about power and influence in London, understand themselves and how to work with others better and develop their own idea with opportunity to lead on their own project or campaign.

While delivery of  City Leaders is being adapted during these changing times we will continue to work online until we can move back to face-to-face delivery.  We will do all we can to enable the easiest adaptation of projects under current restrictions.

I’m a London Youth member – how can I get involved?

To register your interest or to talk more about the opportunity, please contact Shaz Mert, Youth Action Delivery Officer –


You can read the evaluation of the pilot year of City Leaders here.