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Are you 14-25 years old?

Joining Youth Leads gives you the chance to develop your skills, realise your potential and create positive change in your community!

Our Xplode Magazine is the only magazine led by young people and we’re looking for people like you to get involved in a series of amazing youth-led activities.

Across three months, you’ll create a magazine, write articles, and plan the delivery of a social action project to make things better in your area.


Youth Leads has helped my social skills a lot. I didn’t think I was confident enough to speak to people and I found it hard to leave the house. Just being able to interact with people is now a lot easier. Volunteering has changed my life and now I have got a job that I love because I’ve been able to develop myself.

- Jacob
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Your Journey

1. Your Journey

Your journey will start with an informal group meeting where you’ll get to meet other amazing young people.

You’ll then take part in a series of planning sessions, where you, amongst other Youth Leaders will plan the theme for Xplode Magazine and our Fashion Shoot.

There’ll be an opportunity to plan your social action project (this is where you and others will pick a topic that’s important to you and decide how you want to create positive change in your community).

There will be a whole host of other opportunities for you to get stuck into! For example, taking on leadership roles such as Magazine Editor, Fashion Editor and Social Action Assistant – we’ll provide you with the opportunity to develop skills for your future.

You’ll also get the unique chance to get face-to-face with employers in our Industry Insight sessions. Previous hosts have provided our Young Leaders with the knowledge of how to create a personal brand, tips to getting into journalism as well as how to use social media to your advantage!

Finally, prompted by feedback from our past Youth Leaders, we now have dedicated Employ sessions which equip you with the skills to ace CV and job application writing too!

Youth Leads UK is a Licensed Organisation for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. This means you can use your time on our three-month Leadership Programme towards your DofE Award. Read more here.

Youth Leads UK offers mentorship opportunities to empower young people through guidance and support from experienced professionals. We provide these opportunities through partnerships and ongoing projects after the programme.

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During my time at Youth Leads, I have learned how to initiate and create change to benefit my local community, taking an idea and learning how to put it into action. Through Youth Leads, I have had the opportunity to work in a team alongside like-minded people. I have been made to feel valued, and as a result, I have become more confident sharing my thoughts and ideas with others.

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- Emma
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Key Info

The next Leadership Programme is starting in 2nd July 2024.

We'll be hosting the next programme in Bolton.

More information below.

Programme Info

Our programmes are completely free for you to take part in, and there’ll be something happening every week! The next Leadership Programmes will be starting in July 2024 in Bolton. There’ll be snacks & drinks provided at every session, and we’ll support you in getting to and from sessions, including paying for your travel expenses. We host our programmes in fun, bright and interesting environments which inspire creativity and excitement. Sessions take place in the evenings between 5:30 pm & 7:00 pm with some during the daytime.

We host leadership programmes all over Greater Manchester. Even if our next Leadership Programmes aren’t near you, be sure to leave your details below, and we’ll reach out when we’re next in your area! In the meantime, we’ll share other great opportunities to work with us.

Why not join the Leadership Programme with a friend? We’d love to meet them, too, at our introductory session. Just share this link and have them sign up with you!


Fill out the application form below to join the next programme!

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