Our impact


Founded in 2008, UpRising has intensively supported over 4,000 participants and engaged more than 16,000 young people through our work.

The diversity of those we support is one of our proudest achievements: just under half of participants identify being from ethnic minority communities, 59% identified as women; more than half (55%) identified as working class.  

An independent review of UpRising’s programmes by Demos in 2016 found that we “significantly improve the leadership, networking and advocacy skills of young people” and that our programmes have, “the potential to rapidly improve young people’s life chances, unravelling years with the odds stacked against them.”

Many of our alumni have gone on to achieve great outcomes, moving into the fields of law, media, politics, finance, teaching, charity and enterprise with successes including: an alumni being selected as a “30 under 30” social entrepreneur; a homeless young person to The Guardian journalist; an ex-offender to House of Commons intern; a Mayor of London Office employee; an Obama Fellow for exemplary civic leadership; an ethical fashion designer and a think-tank founder. We are so proud of the impact we have had and continue to have on young people's lives.