Highlights from the 'UpRising at 10' Celebratory Dinner

Highlights from the 'UpRising at 10' Celebratory Dinner

March 28, 2018


On March 22nd, some of UpRising’s key supporters and exceptional alumni gathered together to celebrate UpRising’s 10 year anniversary. The dinner was generously supported by Canary Wharf Group, and hosted at their Thirty One Lounge Bar.



The evening included reflections from the past ten years, including speeches from our Co-Founder Rushanara Ali MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, John Garwood of Canary Wharf Group. The past ten years has shown that UpRising is a charity that transforms lives, and has proven methods that work. As Rushanara Ali stated


"Social mobility is as important to tackle today as it was 10 years ago, perhaps even more so. Young people need to believe that they are leaders, and UpRising helps develop this mindset and remove the glass ceiling, helping young people go on to become leaders in law, investment, media and politics."


The evening also invited alumni, including those from the very first programmes, to share their stories of transformation. One of these alumni was AJ Shazad, who came to this country as a child refugee and now is establishing a £100m investment fund. Responding to other alumni stories of transformation, AJ said


"It never ceases to amaze me to hear the stories of Uprisers and what they are achieving today. For example to hear what an alumnus is doing with disadvantaged people in Nigeria gives me the drive to do something positive from now on. [Since I graduated in 2009], the Programmes have developed to have a core theme or work on a main issue (i.e. environment/climate for the last cohort) as well as young people having their own personal projects - this is definitely a good addition. Working on issues closer to home such as knife crime in London and child poverty will firmly generate more interest from future young leaders."




The past ten years has shown that UpRising is a charity that transforms lives, and has proven methods that work. Lucy Caldicott, Chief Executive of UpRising, talked about her ambition for the next ten years to include more partnerships to enable more young people to benefit from UpRising's programmes, and also have a wider impact on society. Peter Kellner, Trustee and mentor, emphasised


"I find the young people I mentor and support are absolutely fascinating - I hear about where they have come from and the leaders they are now, and being part of this journey is incredible. Also, for the UK economy, it is our duty to support and recruit this young, diverse talent pool. If we don't, we risk losing this generation of leaders".



We would like to thank everyone who attended the dinner and made it such a thought-provoking, optimistic evening.

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