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Welcome to our blog. Here, you can find all of our latest articles on the work we and others are doing to help young Londoners lead happy and fulfilling lives.

Creativity Works: Three years on

In this blog, Creativity Works graduate Rachael Simões tells us how the programme has advanced her career and what she’s up to now. Name: Rachael Simões Age: 21 Occupation: Junior Creative at Grey London “I applied for the Creativity Works programme the summer after finishing my A-Levels. After deciding that university wasn’t right for me,

Top tips for success with Access Aspiration

As part of our commitment to shining a light on the issues that matter most to young people, we reached out to our Student Ambassadors to talk about their thoughts, feelings and concerns for the future. Here, Student Ambassador Basma talks about how to make the most of the programme as a student.  “The Access

Finding opportunity with Access Aspiration

As part of our commitment to shining a light on the issues that matter most to young people, we reached out to our Student Ambassadors to talk about their thoughts, feelings and concerns for the future. In this blog, Nawal shares their advice for students signing up to the programme. As the end of Year

Coping with Covid: London’s artistic future

As part of our commitment to shining a light on the issues that matter most to young people, we reached out to our Student Ambassadors to talk about their thoughts, feelings and concerns for the future. In this blog, Malaikah shares her thoughts on the experience of young creatives in lockdown and what this means

A student’s guide to building self-confidence

As part of our commitment to shining a light on the issues that matter most to young people, we reached out to our Student Ambassadors to talk about their thoughts, feelings and concerns for the future. In this blog, Amiira shares her experience of building her confidence in sixth form. “Confidence always stands out in

Meet the 2017 Mayor’s Entrepreneur – Twipes

Twipes trumps Mayor’s Entrepreneur 2017 Alborz and Ellenor from City University of London recently won the Mayor’s Entrepreneur competition. They also bagged £20k from Citi Foundation to develop their idea.  We spoke to the pair to hear more… How did you come up with the idea for Twipes? Ellenor: We were talking to a good friend

My diary: Reflecting on school life one year after the first lockdown

As part of our commitment to shining a light on the issues that matter most to young people, we reached out to our Student Ambassadors to talk about their thoughts, feelings and concerns for the future. In this blog, Mathieu shares some of his diary entries from the last year to paint a picture of

Tackling racism: why now?

As part of our commitment to shining a light on the issues that matter most to young people, we reached out to our Student Ambassadors to talk about their thoughts, feelings and concerns for the future. In this blog, Ubaid shares his thoughts on the important topic of racism in our society. By Ubaid, Access

Looking back at my time on Access Aspiration

Access Aspiration is our employability programme designed to create more visibility of careers for 16-18 year olds through aspirational employer encounters and experiences. But what impact does the programme have on students once they leave school? To find out, we talked to Access Aspiration alumnus Wumi, who is now 19 and studying Economics at the

What I learnt about careers through Access Aspiration

We spoke to Queren Ngiay, student at Oxford Brookes University, about her experience of the Access Aspiration programme and how it has impacted her career so far. How did you come to be on the Access Aspiration programme? I first heard about Access Aspiration in sixth form when my homeroom teacher gave us an introduction

How Access Aspiration kick-started my career

Ali Siddiqi took part in our Access Aspiration programme in 2018. He is now an Apprentice Surveyor at JLL. Here he shares his journey into work.  Access Aspiration opened doors for me and gave me opportunities I thought I would never have access to. Not only did it help my confidence and grow my self-esteem,

My City and Me – Spotlight on: Tascha

It’s now been two months since we launched My City and Me – a project that gives young Londoners a creative platform to tell their Covid-19 stories. We have also joined forces with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York to connect NYC and London youth and share experiences of the pandemic. We have seen

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