Young Uprisers civil action leaders call on Downing Street to meet Cameron
PUBLISHED: 10:24 18 July 2013
Youngsters being groomed as the leaders of tomorrow dropped into 10 Downing Street to tell the Prime Minister about their campaigns and social action in east London.
They are on an UpRisers youth leadership programme learning the ropes of civic society and how to tackle issues.
The project set up by the Young Foundation at Bethnal Green has been an independent charity since April, aimed at those aged 19 to 25 in the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham and Barking & Dagenham who are passionate about their community.
David Cameron, the charity’s patron, acknowledged: “This organisation prepares the next generation of leaders to reach their potential.”
The youngsters later went to the Houses of Parliament for a discussion on social action where Jessica Walker and Ifraah Samatar gave a presentation about their Inter-Voice campaign which supports youngsters acting as interpreters for those who don’t speak English.
Ifraah said: “Running a social action campaign has made me feel responsible—I’m doing my bit and not just moaning.”
Half of those in the programme have started civic campaigns, social enterprises or businesses. Many also go on to become charity trustees, local councillors, school governors and campaigners.