Who we are

UpRising is a UK-wide youth leadership development organisation. Our mission is to open pathways to power for talented young people from diverse and under-represented backgrounds. We equip them with the knowledge, networks, skills, and confidence to fulfil their leadership potential, find new opportunities and transform the world around them through social action. Our founding Patrons are former Prime Minister, Rt Hon. David Cameron MP, Rt Hon. Nick Clegg MP and Rt Hon. Ed Miliband MP.

We offer a range of leadership and employability programmes for 16-25 year olds.  Our flagship programme is a nine month leadership programme providing ‘access behind the scenes’ training sessions with some of the UK’s most senior leaders across the political, private, public and not for profit sectors. Each participant is individually matched with a coach and a mentor who supports them on a one to one basis throughout their time on the programme. They also work with other UpRisers to design and deliver a social action campaign on a local issue they are passionate about. 

We have been delivering programmes since 2008, and now run a range of programmes in London, Bedford, Luton, Cardiff, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester, and Liverpool. We have a growing alumni of over 650 young people, and will serve 2,000 young people in 2014/15 alone. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, participants do not have to pay to attend any of our programmes.

To find our brochure - An Introduction to UpRising - please click here.


Read our independent interim report. Full version coming soon!


We have evidence that UpRising works and that our impact is both immediate and long-term. Our young people are already achieving positions of power, securing new opportunities and transforming their communities.

Independent evaluators (think tank - Demos) has recently released their interim evaluation report on UpRising's impact. Read it here

We won a Dragon Award

We are extremely happy to announce that in partnership with Alium Partners, we have won a Dragon Award - Heart of the City Award 2015.