We Rise was set up by a group of parents with a shared passion to tackle social disadvantage. We are a community business based in Brixton. Our mission is to empower young people to achieve successful futures.
We have achieved so much in the two years since we launched. We're proud to have worked with 500 young people, most from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. We’ve built their knowledge and skills through inspirational work experience, coaching, employer visits and networking. We’ve also engaged over 150 volunteers, employers and professionals.
We've got a growing income stream from projects commissioned by clients, but we need a financial boost so we can engage more young people, make more impact in our community and build strong connections with our supporters. You are an important part of our journey!
We need to raise £12,000 to:
- run our 2020 programme of YouthConnect careers networking events and Skills Masterclasses to up-skill hundreds of youngsters and connect them with local professionals from different career sectors
- provide three inspirational trips for twenty black boys from poor families on our Access All Areas programme to build their confidence and motivation to pursue a professional career
- build our Youth Engagement, create youth led content and develop our instagram account to provide knowledge, tips and opportunities and reach out to thousands of young people
- develop our transitions Mentoring Programme to support vulnerable young people who are leaving school.
As parents we all want a good future for our our kids. But while Lambeth has growing wealth and opportunity, three out of five children are growing up in poverty.
9,000 Lambeth teenagers live in families that struggle to put food on the table and lack connections to professional work.
Young people from low-income families are twice as likely to drop out of education. They lack experience of the world beyond their neighbourhood and miss out on the riches London has to offer. Black people are four times more likely to end up unemployed.
We use the amazing resources of our community to inspire, connect and empower young people who are growing up in disadvantage.
We open minds by showing young people the world of work. We support young people to develop their confidence and sense of themselves. We run networking events that create positive and meaningful connections with professionals.
We develop talent and creativity through real work. We win commissions for research and media projects that provide high quality work experience for young people and create real value for clients.
We see young people grow in confidence. Shanae (below left, with Kedese and Shante) told us:
"We Rise has opened up a part of my brain I didn't know I had. It has helped me be a better me."