Youth Opportunities

All too often under my predecessor, young people were left to feel as if they do not have a role in London life. Since becoming Mayor in 2008, I have made tackling the problems London’s youngsters face and the reasons some go off the rails a cornerstone of my work at City Hall.

Since becoming Mayor in 2008 I have:

  • Created a £24million fund to support apprenticeships and other employment initiatives for young people
  • Exceeded my initial target of 20,000 new apprenticeships across London this year, with the GLA Group delivering over 2,000. I've set a new target of 100,000 new apprenticeships by the end of 2012, with over 40,000 already created
  • Founded and launched The Mayor’s Fund – an independent registered charity which, in the period 2010-2013, will give £16m to improve the life chances and aspirations of disadvantaged children, young people and their families
  • Launched a mentoring scheme, which has recruited over 1,000 adult male volunteers to help and advise black boys in London aged 10-16. It aims to keep the next generation of young people on the right path
  • Recruited more volunteers so that 100,000 young people can become involved in uniformed groups such as the Scouts and Cadets, which provide strong role models for young people and give them something positive to do
  • Supported the Young Londoners Fund which has given £5m to 11 voluntary sector youth projects
  • Taken more than 11,000 knives off the streets, making London safer for our young people.
  • Introduced Making Music Matter – a two year music education programme for young Londoners which funds innovative music projects
  • Helped 2,400 young people take part in Well London Activities
  • Set up a £4million fund distributing grants to increase sports participation among at-risk young adults to give them something constructive to do

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