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  • 19 Oct 2015

Unique UpRising leadership programme for young people launches in Cardiff

UpRising Cymru is recruiting 45 of Cardiff’s most inspirational 19-25 year olds for a ground breaking leadership programme.

The UpRising leadership programme seeks to open pathways to power for talented young people from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds. With support from across the political spectrum and from the UK’s most senior leaders the programme aims to develop the leaders of tomorrow across, public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

The arrival of UpRising in Wales was celebrated on 15 October 2015 at the Senedd supported by Welsh Assembly Members and high profile leaders from in and around Cardiff and the Vale. BBC Presenter Behnaz Akhgar emceed the event and the Chair of UpRising Rushanara Ali, Bethnal Green and Bow MP was the keynote speaker.

Rushanara Ali MP (Chair of UpRising) said:

We are delighted to be launching UpRising in Cardiff. Our ambition is to take UpRising to every city and town across the UK where it is needed and Cardiff is an important step towards meeting that ambition.

The programme has had a huge impact on communities and I have no doubt that the same will be true in Wales.

Julie Morgan AM Ambassador for UpRising Cymru and sponsoring the launch said:

I am honoured to be an ambassador for UpRising and delighted that such a successful youth leadership programme is launching in Cardiff in October 2015.  UpRising empowers young people from under-represented backgrounds to strive for a better future by providing them with the knowledge, confidence and skills to fulfil their optimum potential.  Through programmes such as UpRising, young people can believe that they have the ability and the power to change the world around them.

The flagship nine month free leadership programme gives young people access to behind the scenes of the UK’s most powerful and influential businesses and organisations. With the opportunity to not only meet senior leaders from across all sectors, run their own social action campaign and be coached and mentored by a senior figure from their local community.

The feasibility research which led to the launch of UpRising Cymru has been kindly funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, who also fund part of UpRising’s work in other parts of the UK.