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New leadership programme launches for the youth sector to find their future leaders

Working in partnership with a group of youth sector charities, we have launched a new leadership development programme to find the next generation of youth sector leaders. Twenty-two emerg‑ ing leaders from 22 youth charities have been revealed as the participants of our inaugural Clore6: Youth Sector Leadership Programme which starts in October 2016.

The six-month programme was developed for, and in collabora‑ tion with, youth charities who together identified the need to cultivate a leadership talent pipeline for their sector. Utilising our experience of developing social leaders, we worked with these charities to create the bespoke programme which will provide participants with the necessary skills to become resilient and adaptive leaders.

‘Strong leadership is pivotal to navigate through organisational and sector challenges,’ said our CEO Shaks Ghosh. ‘The CEOs from these youth organisations recognise this which is why they ap‑ proached us. By investing in their emerging leaders, they are en‑ suring the future of their organisations and the people they serve. We invite additional coalitions of organisations to work with us on similar bespoke programmes so that we can support the lead‑ ership development needs of the third sector.’

Jane Slowey, Chief Executive of the Foyer Federation and Chair of the Youth Sector Steering Group, convened by Clore Social Lead‑ ership added: 'Our future leaders must be resilient, but more than ever they must also be multi-skilled. As leaders in the sector, we know how important it is to find and develop the best emerging leaders to make sure that organisations working with young peo‑ ple can be the best they can possibly be. This is why we ap‑ proached Clore Social Leadership to develop this programme.

Every facet of Clore6 is built on collaboration which is precisely the ethos we want these future leaders and our sector to model.'

Twenty-two charities including Girlguiding and the Scout Associ‑ ation participated in the development of the programme. Each of them identified and nominated mid-senior level managers from their teams who they considered to have the potential to be so‑ cial leaders. The nominees were then vetted by us to ensure they could meet the demands of the programme.

Julie Bentley, Girlguiding CEO said: ‘The collaboration behind Clore6 is a really important move to invest in the future of our sector. I’m proud to have worked with so many colleagues along‑ side Clore Social’s expert team to get this off the ground. We know that young people are facing tough challenges today and what our sector offers can make all the difference to their lives. We need strong future leaders to build a resilient and vibrant youth sector that listens to and empowers young people and cru‑ cially works and innovates together to offer the help they need to succeed.’

Matt Hyde, Chief Executive of the Scout Association added: ‘At the Scouts, we recognise the need to develop the next generation of leaders. By working collaboratively with Clore Social Leadership and other organisations in the youth sector, we are building a programme which will give our future leaders the skills and devel‑ opment they need to succeed.’

Designed and delivered by us, with select elements fulfilled by partnering youth organisations, the programme will have applied learning at its heart. Building their collaborative skills, participants will work in teams to complete real-life leadership challenges which they must deliver while on the programme, bringing their adaptive learnings back to their respective organisations. Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will join our network of Fellows.

The participants of Clore6: Youth Sector Leadership Programme are:

  1. Amanda Fearn, National Programmes Manager, National Youth Agency
  2. Amina Waldron, Company Director, Youth Elements CIC
  3. Barry Williams, Director of Strategy & Membership, Ambition UK
  4. Caroline Odogwu, Outreach and Marketing Executive, Business Launchpad
  5. Chloe Morton, Deputy Director of Services, The Mix Denise Ramsay, Young UnLtd Manager, UnLtd
  6. Elli Moody, Head of PR and Advocacy, Girlguiding
  7. Emily Thompson-Bell, Development Programme Manager, NUS Talent
  8. Fiona Ellison, Campaign Manager (Voluntary & Public Sector), Step Up To Serve
  9. Kamaljit Thandi, Head of Service NSPCC Helpline, NSPCC Karen Anderson, Girls and Young Women's Worker, Citadel Kevin Bradburne, Director of Infrastructure and Delivery Services, YouthFed
  10. Nicola Kidston, Director of Development and Partnerships, The Foyer Federation
  11. Philip Kerry, Programmes Director, London Youth
  12. Pippa Knott, Head of Programmes, The Centre for Youth Impact
  13. Rachel Davidson, Membership Engagement Manager, The Scout Association
  14. Rachel Oliver, Director of Programmes and Partnerships, vInspired
  15. Sally Marsh, Head of Delivery, Think Forward UK
  16. Stephanie Papapavlou, Programme Delivery Manager, Leap Confronting Conflict
  17. Sue Burchill, Head of Nursing, Brook
  18. Suzanne Campbell, Service Manager, The Junction Suzanne Maskrey, Deputy Chief Executive, Brightside

Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive of The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, who part-funded the programme, commented: ‘Much of our funding seeks to benefit young people, but we know that it is those who work directly with them who often make the most significant difference to their lives, so we are delighted to be working alongside Clore Social Leadership to deliver this pro‑ gramme to empower emerging leaders. Developed in partnership with youth organisations, we hope that this programme will help to ensure that future support for young people is led by collabo‑ rative, effective and adaptive leaders and that, over time, we help to create a strong and sustainable sector that is better able to meet the needs of all young people.’

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