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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.

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

An update from our CEO

Three months ago, the world changed. Lockdown was announced and instantly much of our daily lives and routines ground to a halt. Though it was difficult in those first few weeks to assess precisely how much low income families would be affected, we knew there was no time to lose. So, we turned to you.

Why work experience matters

Social mobility in London is not sorted. Over the last few weeks, multiple new reports have shone a light on the fragmented social mobility landscape we see in our capital. Among other findings, our One City, Two Worlds report found that one in four young people from low-income backgrounds believe that ‘people like me’ do not

Tackling food insecurity in London

One in six (17%) children in the capital experience food insecurity, along with one in five adults (1.5 million Londoners), 36% of single parents and 32% of black Londoners. The survey also found that half (49%) of parents with children experiencing food insecurity are socially isolated. Sixteen percent of parents from food insecure households reported

“CREATIVITY WORKS HAS OPENED MY EYES…”

“University drop out, retail sales assistant and dreaming about making a difference through the media industry. When I came across the opportunity to join Creativity Works, I had just come back from volunteering with a film-team at a summer festival…another short-term opportunity. I was waiting for that big chance to arise to work full time

Go Girls fight for Gender Equality

Only 5.5% of engineering professionals are women Only 13% of those working in STEM occupations are women The percentage of girls taking A-Level Physics has stayed at 20% for the last 20 years Last December, a team of passionate Year 6 pupils from Newham launched a campaign to promote gender equality in their community. The

Striving for victory at Drapers’ Academy

Last week, the Mayor’s Fund were invited to Drapers’ Academy in Havering to support their in-school Count on Us Secondary Maths Challenge tournament! Over 50 pupils from across Years 8 & 9 were invited to take part in the tournament after having practised hard in Maths lessons. In a real three-round tournament, the pupils challenged

Gifford gears up for Maths greatness!

A couple of weeks ago, we were invited by Gifford Primary School in Ealing to watch their in-school Maths tournament, in preparation for the Count on Us Primary Challenge. The Primary Challenge is one of our flagship numeracy programmes, aiming to engage and excite Key Stage 2 pupils in the fun world of mathematics! Pupils

Alex Chisholm visits Enterprise Adviser school

Year 10 pupils at Barnhill Community High School shared their career aspirations with Alex Chisholm, Permanent Secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), as part of a visit organised by the Enterprise Advisers Network. The network was set up by The Careers & Enterprise Company to link senior business volunteers with

Norlington School crowned Maths Champions

Hey, this is Hafiz from Hammersmith Academy, reporting after a great competition full of fun and challenging mathematics! At last week’s grand finale, Norlington School from Waltham Forest took home the trophy and a trip to Bletchley Park after becoming champions of this year’s Count on Us Secondary Challenge. In 2nd place came Gladesmore Community School

Investing in young people, irrespective of background

London is a wealthy, exciting and vibrant city offering some of the best opportunities in the world, but unfortunately not everyone can take advantage of this. Levels of inequality and poverty in London are the highest in the UK, and for young people, the level of inequality is even starker. The youth unemployment (16-24) in

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