Young Leaders is a programme for young people aged 13-19* based in London or Manchester. It focuses on helping young people to develop key skills that will enable them to thrive in different environments, such as at school, at work and at home.

*Some opportunities are available to those aged 19+

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Skills for Life

Teens and Toddlers graduates are encouraged to join Young Leaders and all members have access to support for as long as they require it. Through the combination of experiential learning and skills based development, young people are able to obtain the following 'Skills for Life' with Young Leaders:


Has good levels of self-esteem, is willing to ask questions and can work with minimal support.


Has perseverance and demonstrates the determination and ability to bounce back from setbacks.

Self-awareness/ Self-reflection

Knows own potential, limitations, feelings. This enables the individual to take responsibility for behaviour and actions, without blaming.


Has belief in own ability to make things happen. Individuals with higher levels of self-efficacy are often more resilient, conscientious and persevering.


Feels good enough and has a positive sense of value. This relates closely to life satisfaction and well-being.

Effective Communication

Is able to relate and engage with others with an open and warm attitude. Asks questions that show understanding and conveys information in a clear and concise way, taking the audience into account.


Understands how to present oneself in different environments. Understands the requirements of work and different careers.

Team work

Works co-operatively, willing to compromise and has an understanding of roles and team dynamics.

Problem solving

Has an ability to develop appropriate solutions whilst considering the impact and consequences of decisions on their own life, the lives of others, and society.

Organisational skills

Knows what is expected, plans ahead and is prepared for tasks.

Financial management

Has an awareness of the importance of money, is able to plan budgets and understands basic costs involved in day to day living.

Emotional wellbeing

Has a state of balance in thoughts, emotions and behaviours that allows feeling good enough about life and supports ability to fully function.


Recent projects

Teams of young people and staff volunteers from Rothschild & Co. were given 2 hours to decipher clues for prominent London landmarks and take a selfie of their team in front of that landmark. Young people were expected to demonstrate skills in problem solving, team work, confidence and effective communication.
Teams of young people and staff volunteers from CIBC were given £15 to create 2 meals in 2.5 hours. Young people were expected to demonstrate skills in effective communication, team work, organisation and financial management.

Working with Egon Zehnder, young people were given access to support for gaining employment, including CV & cover letter development, mock interviews, live online job applications and the opportunity to secure a Summer Internship at Egon Zehnder.

8 corporate mentors. 8 young people. 6 minute rounds. An opportunity for young people to discuss career or education options with people that have been there and done it.


95% of young people said they were encouraged by the advice and support they received with Young Leaders.
88% of young people said they felt more confident in achieving their goals as a result of being a Young Leaders member.
96% of young people said they would recommend Young Leaders to other young people.

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"Being part of Young Leaders is great and I chose to do this because I wanted to take what I learnt on Teens and Toddlers further. We have done lots of activities including going to CV workshops and doing drama workshops and learning about the skills and qualifications we might need for the jobs we want do when we leave school.” Riad, Teens and Toddlers Graduate and Young Leader

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