The Agency is about young people developing their own entrepreneurial ideas through creative workshops. They explore the needs of their local area, go out onto the streets to gain support for their plans and invite the local community to give feedback. They also meet with professionals in their chosen field to gain expert advice.
In December they pitched their ideas to a panel for the chance to gain up to £2000 funding and continued mentoring and support to make their idea a reality. Find out more about the funded projects below:
'Kick it girl'
To create a local football club that empowers young women. Lady's League will provide access to training, tournaments and qualifications with the aim of developing female sports leader of the future.
'Wheel come to you'
Bicycle mechanic training for ex-offenders offering customer service as well as practical skills. Creating a bicycle mechanic service, offering breakdown help and repair across London.
'Fostering a healthy state of mind'
Yoga and mindfulness classes for children who suffer from or are at risk of suffering from mental health. Lotus Yoga will work through partnerships with social services and local schools.
The panel included Althea Efunshile CBE, Nicholas Serota (Chair of Arts Council, England) Josh Barbarinde (Founder of Cracked It) Sunita Pandya (Deputy Director of Producing and Presentation, Southbank Centre) Seshie Henry (Found of I AM NEXT) and Marsha de Cardova MP.
The Agency is generously supported by the Big Lottery Fund.