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Find out what we’ve been up to and discover the latest news on the capital’s opportunities for young people.

Govt funds for holiday hunger welcome

“Ensuring that children have a healthy, active and positive start to life is of critical importance to the well-being of everyone in our city and we know that grassroots community organisations play a significant role in this area. We’ve seen what happens at the front-line when people go hungry, and have learned a lot through

Top Primary school maths minds compete in tough final

Year 4 and 5 students from 119 London Primary schools took part in this year’s Count on Us Maths Challenge with the top 15 attending City Hall today to compete in a nail-biting Final.  Our budding mathematicians were on awesome form as they tackled challenges that included 24® Card Game, Tangram shape puzzles, Pentominoes and Codebreaking. There were

Thousands raised for hungry young Londoners

We teamed up with The Childhood Trust and BGC Partners this month to take part in a public-facing campaign called The Summer Give to help raise funds for Kitchen Social. The campaign ran from Monday 11 June – Monday 18 June and during this week, all donations made to participating charities were doubled. We’re delighted

Young people appeal for community social action

City Hall today played host to children from six London schools seeking essential funding for their community projects as part of our City Pitch programme. City Pitch encourages and helps young Londoners to step up as leaders, learn new skills and make a real difference in their communities and today’s event saw them deliver presentations

Transforming London for the better

Matthew Patten, Chief Executive of the Mayor’s Fund for London, today announced that he will be moving on from the organisation on 31st August. Matthew joined the Mayor’s Fund for London as Chief Executive in 2012. Since then, the social mobility charity has seen its impact grow 4-fold, raising over £17m to support its work.

BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE LABOUR MARKET

Some of the capital’s largest employers came together at the House of Lords yesterday to discuss how we need to bridge the gap between young people reaching their potential and companies achieving their growth ambitions. Hosted by Lord Stanley Fink, the event allowed us to introduce our new enhanced employment offer to representatives of business, government,

Mayor announces £45m to help young Londoners

The Mayor’s Fund for London welcomes the new announcement by the Mayor and the Greater London Authority of £45million funding to support youth activities over the next three years. Matthew Patten, Chief Executive, Mayor’s Fund for London said: “London’s youth services have never been so hard-pressed so these new funds are very timely. At the

Over a 100 years later, it’s now time to end holiday hunger

Holiday hunger has been around for over a 100 years but we can end it this month. The original law introducing school meals to Britain was passed in 1907 – it allowed schools to provide food, but did not force them to do so. That legal obligation did not come until 1944. What’s more, officials

Children say no to knife crime at City Pitch

Youngsters Say NO to Knives and NObesity as part of City Pitch, our dragon’s den style leadership programme which encourages children to step up and deliver social action ideas in their community. City Pitch is delivered partnership with the BE OPEN Foundation. We worked with 12 primary and secondary schools to identify the issues they want

London Children’s Festival Poem

“The Children’s Charter” – a poem complied by Joelle Taylor Over a thousand schoolchildren from across the capital have been considering how they would make the world’s greatest city even better if they were “Mayor for the Day” as part of the London Children’s Festival, in partnership with the BE OPEN Foundation and, the Children’s

Runners claim the streets from Midnight2Midnight

Over 400 runners took to the streets of London last weekend (29-30 Sept) for London’s epic 24 hour relay running event, Midnight2Midnight. The event was organised by London Midnight Runners who nominated us as the beneficiary charity for this annual event. Runners raised over £8,600 for our work with young Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds. As

The Art of Success with Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent

This week, our Chief Executive Matthew Patten sits down with the inspirational Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent to talk about leadership and social mobility for The Art of Success Podcast. LISTEN NOW With over 20 years senior management experience, Matthew talks about his journey from starting out as a tea boy in an agency to now sitting in City

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