Cumbria Future Leaders was created by the Centre for Leadership Performance to engage Cumbria’s young adults and support them as they transition into employment or higher education. It gives them a voice and brings together youth boards, young professional networks, youth and community organisations working collaboratively for greater impact and connecting with employers, educators and communities, to co-ordinate existing activity and identify and create new opportunities.
Your Future.Here is an exciting initiative funded by Sellafield Ltd and managed by the CfLP on behalf of Cumbria Future Leaders steering group and partners. It will create a single focus point for all young people in Cumbria thinking about their future. The on-line resource incorporates a brokerage and signposting platform for opportunities, and a ‘plug-in’ place where every Cumbrian aged 16-25 can easily access information, build support networks, access activities, events and training and debate issues that matter most to them.
The Cumbria Future Leaders steering group is made up of representatives from organisations including YGN, We Will, LEP Futures Forum, BECBC Shadow Board, Allerdale and Copeland Youth Council and the Next Generation Executive at Sellafield.
Connecting with peers from the widest range of backgrounds, organisations and industries offers a vital understanding of their leadership journeys, challenges they faced and support they received. That understanding can support Cumbria’s young people on their own career paths and leadership journeys, help them to access support networks, share experience and build their confidence and aspirations. Very little within that existing landscape is driven or defined by young people - but Your Future.Here will do things differently.
Sellafield’s funding for the Your Future.Here initiative will enable the Cumbria Future Leaders steering group to shape and invest in this innovative resource for young people from across Cumbria, providing a new route to get involved in the various elements that shape them, their communities and their futures.
Your Future. Here:
A brokerage - collaboratively brokering opportunities and connections between young people, employers and their communities; co-ordinating and promoting existing activity.
An interactive website - simplifying access to opportunities and making them available to all young people across Cumbria; harnessing social media to encourage engagement.
A ‘plug-in’ shop window - enabling them to ‘plug in’ to a local support network of peers, employers, professionals and useful organisations making opportunities more visible and encouraging young people to stay in Cumbria or return here. It will also identify products, and services to positively shape, influence and inform those young people and their futures.
A development programme – giving young people the tools, guidance and inspiration to develop the personal skills, confidence, and resilience to make the most of opportunities.
The Centre for Leadership Performance has for ten years worked closely with employers, educators and young people to understand their needs and develop a collaborative approach to meet those needs. Young people are the key to the future of our economy and communities, so it is vital that we work collectively to harness their input, talent and potential, and nurture and ignite aspirations through Cumbria Future Leaders. A not-for-profit SME, CfLP has reinvested revenue in creating and supporting Cumbria Future Leaders and with additional funding from Sellafield Ltd can now realise the wider ambitions of the CFL steering group and the young people it represents through Your Future.Here.