One week left to nominate young people for the City Leadership Programme

One week left to nominate young people for the City Leadership Programme

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, has called on city leaders to nominate high-aspiration young people from across Bristol to be part of this year’s City Leadership Programme (CLP).

The CLP, is a six-month leadership programme which gives young people a range of new opportunities, networks and advice, providing them with a launchpad to become future leaders in the world of business, politics and non-governmental organisations.

Established by Marvin Rees in 2012, the programme sees young people take part in a two-week intensive summer course followed by five months of mentoring with the charity Babbasa.

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees said: “The City Leadership Programme was set up to help Bristol’s talented young people fulfil their potential and become the city’s leaders of tomorrow.

“We are committed to creating a more equal city and we want to take a proactive approach to support those that are traditionally locked out of leadership positions."

“With nominations only open for one more week, I would encourage leaders from right across the city to nominate any young person they think that would benefit from this scheme.”

Since 2012, the City Leadership Programme has changed the lives of over 70 young people in Bristol, helping them to gain new skills and raise their aspirations. Previous participants have gone on to study at university, launch a wildlife conservation programme, and work for a Member of Parliament. 

The two-week course will be facilitated by award-winning Bristol broadcaster Sherrie Eugene-Hart and Dr Simon Newitt, a Senior Consultant at The King’s Fund - a charitable organisation working to improve health and care across the country.

Dr Newitt said: “The City Leadership Programme is such a brilliant thing to be involved with. Each year the group forms such strong friendships, and it’s great to see the personal growth that every young person on the programme goes through.

“The doors that the programme opens, and the networks that get built, really do last years into the future, providing participants with access to mentorship, advice, encouragement and opportunity that can and does broaden their horizons.”

The programme is open to young people aged between 16-19 from disadvantaged backgrounds which are under-represented in leadership, or those who face personal barriers.

This might include pupils on Pupil Premium, Black or minoritised young people or those with English as an additional language, Disabled young people or those labelled as having ‘SEND’, children in care, young carers, asylum seekers and refugees and LGBTQ+ young people.

Young people must be nominated for the programme by a teacher, lecturer, youth leader or community and voluntary sector organisation. 
Nominations remain open until midnight on Friday 8 April. You can nominate individuals on the City Leadership’s Programme website.

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