The Berkeley Foundation is funding a three-year pilot project by Groundwork London to support young adults from diverse communities in exploring leadership through social action.

Everyone deserves to live in a nurturing, safe and empowering environment. By facilitating and promoting the growth of green and confident young leaders, the positive impact on London communities could be a game changer towards a more sustainable society.

Youth Leadership Programme

The Youth Leadership Programme is a 14-week programme aimed at empowering young individuals between the ages of 16 and 19 every year. Participants enhance their soft skills, particularly in leadership, equipping them with valuable capabilities for the future.

The participants engage in weekly activities which take them on a path of self-discovery where they can explore, discuss and actively engage in and influence positive change on social and environmental issues that hold personal significance to them. Through workshops, group discussions, weekend residentials and more, the young adults grow their confidence and hone their skills to become effective advocates and leaders.

The programme strategically focuses on fostering employability skills aligned with the demands of the evolving green economy. Additionally, participants may experience improvements in resilience, mental health, and overall well-being, supported by the holistic approach to nurturing their personal development. Through this initiative, young people may enjoy enhanced access to green spaces, fostering a deeper connection with nature.

Youth Board Launch

The Berkeley Foundation hosted the launch of the new Youth Board at the Berkeley Group West End Gate development in Westminster to celebrate 16 remarkable young individuals as they embark on their transformative 14-week programme to develop new skills, drive social change, and gain valuable insights into careers in the built environment.

Councillor Hamza Taouzzale, who at age 22 became the youngest Lord Mayor of Westminster and the borough’s first Muslim Lord Mayor, welcomed the group to the programme.

“We are delighted to be teaming up with the Berkeley Foundation and the Berkeley Group at St Edward on the Youth Leadership Programme!” – Peter Fleet, Youth Development Manager at Groundwork London

Youth Board Launch at Berkeley Group