UpRising: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

UpRising: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

I'm the Founder of Young Charity Trustees, an organisation which encourages young people to take Governance roles in charities. Through my work I have been constantly reminded of how young people have so much potential locked away inside themselves if they can be trusted to lead.

I've also been an UpRising mentor for two years. Last year for example, I helped mentor an individual and also a group for a Social Action Campaign. Not only did I learn so much myself from the sessions, but I've been blown away by everyone connected to UpRising, including the brilliant alumni who will surely be running this country before long!

It's not enough to say 'young people will change the world' without doing something to support that idea. Our society isn't so equal that all young people automatically have the opportunity to see how far their talents can take them, to build on their skills, grow their confidence and be inspired by others. UpRising is a fantastically important step forward for all of us who believe in youth empowerment. Mentors should flock to it, institutions should support it, and young people should campaign for it to come to their area so they too get the myriad benefits it brings.

Alex Swallow is the Founder of Young Charity Trustees.