15 Years of UpRising

A look back over 15 years of changing the face of power.



Over 5,000 young people have already benefitted from UpRising’s work, impacting over 20,000 individuals in their communities.

Our work with the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales continues as we support them to develop their Future Generations Leadership Academy.

We launch our Environmental Leadership Progra multi-year partnership with Shropshire Wildlife Trust and funded by the National Lottery's Climate Action Fund to support 400 young people across the West Midlands.


We delivered our Leadership Programme in Bedford and further bespoke projects for Our Bright Future, NCS and St David's College, Cardiff.

We worked with volunteers from BlackRock Social Impact challenge who supported an intensive period of development across different areas, including measurement impact, preparing for hybrid delivery,communicating our commercial work.




We launched our new online employability programme, Stand Out, for young people to engage with from across the UK, funded by The Youth Futures Foundation

We delivered three cohorts of Stand Out to over 400+ young people, as as well as an online Environmental Leadership Programme and supported the deliver of the second phase of the Future Generations Leadership Academy.



We adapted all of our regional Environmental and Leadership programmes to be delivered online for our young people when the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns hit the UK in March, upskilling our staff and innovating new delivery styles.

We underwent an intense period of developing and scaling up our Fastlaners programme in response to the significant challenges young people were facing around employability due to the impact of the pandemic.

We co-delivered the innovative pilot of the Future Generations Leadership Academy to 30 young leaders across Wales.



Amid the Climate Strikes, we continued delivering our Environmental and Leadership programmes across the UK and also began working with the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales on the development of the Future Generations Leadership Academy.

We began development into our alumni network offer with support from funders at Act for Change.



We celebrated 10 years of UpRising programmes with our alumni, participants and supporters at programme graduation events across the UK.

We conducted a review into our Leadership Programme Theory of Change with support from Impact Accelerator funding, delivered our environmentally focussed Find Your Voice programmes to 16-18 years olds in Cardiff, Bedfordshire and Manchester, and delivered our first Wales-based Environmental Leadership Programme in Cardiff.




Alongside the national General Election we ran democratic engagement campaigns encouraging young people across the UK to vote.

We partnered with the British Red Cross and Refugee Council to develop and deliver our Find Your Power programmes to young asylum seekers, delivered our Environmental and Leadership Programmes in London, Bedfordshire and Birmingham, and supported the launch of One Million Mentors.

We supported the engagement of our alumni network through the delivery of ELABs across the UK and we won the UK Social Mobility Award's 'Impact Management Programme of the Year' award!



We began working with Our Bright Future and their consortium of project partners and began developing and delivering our Environmental Leadership Programme.

We hosted a fundraising dinner attended by John Snow, developed our alumni engagement through the launch of ELBs and bought different groups and individuals from our alumni network together at an alumni conference in July. Alumni engagement through ELABs

We delivered a 'register to vote' campaign ahead of the EU referendum and contributed to democratic activities in line with All-Party Parliamentary Groups.




During the run-up to the 2015 General Election, we delivered our 'My Voice, My Vote' campaign to support first-time voters, funded by the Cabinet Office.

We began delivering our 'Surviving to Thriving' programme, working with refugee and asylum-seeking young people in partnership with British Red Cross and the Refugee Council, were funded by the Youth Investment Fund to support 16-18 year olds in Bedford, Luton and Birmingham with our Find Your Voice programme and DEMOS delivered a comprehensive evaluation of our programmes.




UpRising marked becoming an independent charity, operating separately from the Young Foundation, with a launch event held at Speaker's House.

We were supported by the Esmae Fairbairn Foundation to deliver two years of outreach support for young people in the Manchester area, were commissioned by the Unbound Philanthropy Commission to deliver a six-month Leadership Programme for 25 young people through our RSA Diaspora Changemakers Initiative, and developed our 'My Voice, My Vote' campaign supporting first-time voters in Luton, Manchester, Bedford, London, Stoke, Liverpool, Birmingham.



UpRising began establishing itself as an independent charity.

We delivered our Leadership Programme in East London, Bedford, Luton, Birmingham and Mancheste; JP Morgan Foundation and the Job Centre Plus East London invested in the relaunch of our Fastlaners employability programme for 16-18 year olds across East London; and 40 of our UpRisers were invited to visit Prime Minister David Cameron at Number 10 Downing Street in July to discuss social issues and change-making.



Against the backdrop of Occupy Wall Street, we delivered Leadership Programmes in London, Bedford, Manchester and Birmingham, and developed our Emerging Leaders Advisory Boards.



We delivered our Leadership Programmes in London and Birmingham, and also delivered the first programme in Bedford.



We delivered our Leadership Programme in London and also delivered the first programme in Birmingham.



The UpRising Leadership Programme was founded by Rushanara Ali MP through The Young Foundation in response to Austerity and the Cost-of-Living crisis, and delivered to our first cohort in London.