The Jimmy Dixon Leadership Programme

A programme of support, training and funding to increase the scope and quality of youth involvement within member organisations.

London Youth are committed to ensuring that as many of our members as possible are able to improve their level of youth participation and decision making, giving many more young people the chance to lead projects and change their communities for the better. 

Group of youth workers at a training sessionThe overall aim of the Jimmy Dixon Leadership Programme is to increase the scope and quality of youth involvement and to link this to continued social action within member youth clubs. Our research strongly suggests by providing members with this assistance, we will see increased levels of engagement of young people, services that are more focused on their beneficiaries and better able to provide services to young people in their community.

Through the Jimmy Dixon Leadership Programme we will be looking to have a positive impact in three areas:

  • Youth workers have increased skills and confidence to deliver meaningful youth participation and involvement
  • Members are better able to establish youth-led decision making structures most relevant to their particular circumstances
  • Increased levels of young people’s participation and engagement within members and their own programme delivery

This programme is generously funded by the Jimmy Dixon Charitable Trust.

How does it work? 

London Youth members will be able to access either some or all projects and facilitated training sessions including: 


  • Youth Involvement Seed Funding: £600 project funding and £200 supporting costs for members that require additional resource to develop and deliver youth-led structures, such as a youth board or young trustees. 
  • Ideas applied for should be flexible enough to adapt to government guidelines with plans for socially distanced and online delivery where appropriate.
  • A due diligence process will need to take place for organisations that have not yet completed this with London Youth in the year 2020/2021.
  • Please see more information and apply here. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday 17th February at 10pm. 
  • If you are interested in applying but cannot do so by the aformentioned submission date, please contact


Youth Involvement and Engagement

This training will include facilitated discussions and activities to help youth workers improve their skills and confidence in youth involvement, resulting in creating an implementation plan for your organisation. 

In this introductory session, we’ll explore two main questions: ‘how do I connect with young people and help to boost their engagement online” and ​“how do I invest in young people and my organisation through virtual learning and get them ready for youth-led decision making in the long term​”.

Look out for our next training dates on our events page.

Youth-Led Decision Making

This training is to help members understand different types of youth involvement structures including youth boards, young ambassadors and young trustees. Through facilitated discussions and activities, you will work with others to consider how to begin establishing these structures within your organisation.  

Look out for our next training and network dates on our events page.

1:1 Support

  • Bespoke 1:1 support around your organisation’s youth involvement. This can vary from phone-calls to sound out ideas to help developing organisation wide restructures (and lots of things in between).

Resources around Youth Involvement

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

If you have any questions or would like to sign up for one or more parts of the programme, please email Kadisha James-Fergus –