Our activities promote awareness of the barriers facing young Londoners and champion innovative ideas to overcome them.
Tackling food insecurity
According to a recent Survey of Londoners, 400,000 children in the capital experience food insecurity (GLA, 2019).
In response to this, we partnered with the Food Foundation and the GLA to host the first-ever summit on children’s food insecurity in the UK, with the aim of putting young Londoners at the forefront of food policy and to explore the barriers and opportunities to protecting children’s nutrition and the actions stakeholders can take to support the agenda.
Too many young people go through school feeling anxious about maths, and a lack of attainment in the subject is the main reason for not progressing into post 16 education. In later life, maths continues to be very important to wellbeing and life chances with good numeracy shown to be the ‘best protection against unemployment, low wages and poor health’ (OECD, 2013).
We are excited to be partnering with Maths Week London again to raise awareness and to encourage more children to enjoy maths. Taking place between 27 June – 3 July 2022 and organised by online learning platform Sumdog, this is an annual, city-wide series of maths events, challenges and games designed to boost positive attitudes to maths in and outside of the classroom.
We will be running a small grant scheme giving primary and secondary schools the opportunity to bid for up to £250 each to spend on resources or equipment to run their own activities.
Improving access to London's job market
Our latest report finds that many young Londoners from low income backgrounds are unable to make the best of the opportunities this city has to offer.
Structural inequalities, a fragmented support system, and limited data have hindered young Londoners for far too long.
Diversifying the workforce
Drawing in people from a wider cross-section of the population, by transforming recruitment practices, delivers tangible benefits both to business and society.
Joining hands with stakeholders from a range of industries and sectors, the Mayor’s Fund provides a platform for debate, influence and change, and continues to campaign for young Londoners from low income backgrounds to have equal access to the outstanding opportunities the capital has to offer.
Our Diversity Pledge is an opportunity for employers to publicly commit to the importance of building a more diverse staff base. Ultimately, the aim is to create more inclusive pathways for meaningful careers benefitting young Londoners from low income backgrounds.
Spotlight on: the creative sector
London’s creative industry has major economic pulling power. However, young people from low income and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds aspiring to enter the sector are faced with a highly uneven playing field. Lack of access to relevant networks, widespread informal recruitment practices and limited progression pathways disproportionally affect these groups, thus depriving London of diverse voices and talents.
This is why we have created a Manifesto for Change: five urgent and practical recommendations to make the creative industry more inclusive and diverse.