UpRising celebrates new charitable status
UpRising, a youth leadership development enterprise, last night held a launch at Speaker’s House to celebrate becoming an independent charity.
UpRising runs a nine-month course to train 19-25 year olds with leadership potential to develop social action campaigns in their own communities. Many of these young people then progress to work in politics and public affairs.
The news follows the steady growth of the venture, which was set up by the Young Foundation in East London in 2008 and has since expanded into Birmingham, Bedford and Manchester. Its success has been recognised by senior politicians and it boasts Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy PM Nick Clegg and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband as patrons.
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation was one of UpRising’s founding funders, with a grant of £200,000 awarded in 2013 to set it up as an independent charity and maintain, expand and develop its leadership programme. Some of the funds will be allocated to expanding UpRising to Cardiff in 2016. The project was selected as a beneficiary by the Foundation because their work furthers social justice. By providing young adults with the training and skills they need to transform their own communities, and opening up their access to work in the public sphere, it represents an investment in young people and in society.