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The Young Emerging Leaders Collective (YELC) is a community for young Black people, people of colour and racialised people, committed to racial and social justice. The collective is a space to exchange ideas, support and care; learn and build capacity and resilience; and work together in anti-racist and anti-oppressive action. 

“We are a group of people who identify as and actively centre Black, Asian and people of colour. Participation in our collective and the people we aim to serve includes but is not limited to any and all intersections of: gender, sexuality, class, citizenship status, disability, neurodiversity, education experiences, and faith.”

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Vision

We envision a world where racial and social justice is realised globally.

Values

  • Community-driven: Our focus is on supporting the communities we represent and supporting each other within the YELC community. 

  • Anti-oppressive: Our practises, our work, our partnerships are centred around fighting (racialised) oppression in all its forms. 

  • Non-hierarchical: Decisions are made by working cooperatively without power structures, rolling meeting facilitators, consensus-led and bottom-up approach to decision making.  

  • Radically caring: Our group culture prioritises understanding individual and collective capabilities so that we are not output driven but people-centred. Our working pace matches the access requirements of the group.

YELC aims to:

  • Raise awareness of and advocate for social, racial and climate justice issues facing communities of colour in the UK and globally.  

  • Host events, curate projects and workshops centred around creating sustainable and liberated futures for racialised communities.  

  • Provide and support young leaders in creating a brave space to enable them to play an active role in their communities. 

  • Engage in direct and indirect anti-oppressive and anti-racist actions.

Become a young leader

Apply to join the Young Emerging Leaders Collective! Be a part of a group aged between 18-30 committed to raise awareness of and advocate for social, racial and climate justice issues facing communities of colour in the UK and globally. You will have a supporting a caring space to exchange ideas, learn and build capacity and resilience, and work together in anti-racist and anti-oppressive action. Apply now

Expectations

  • Commit to leading one event / project a year. 

  • Available to offer support to other events/ projects in different capacities.

  • We meet every Wednesday at 1 - 2 pm, we require you to attend a minimum of 3 meetings per month.

Quotes from project contributors

The Young Emerging Leaders Collective enables me to stay involved in Ubele and help plan and run events, as well as continuing my development as a leader alongside some inspirational fellow members.

— Maria Fernandes

(TL²) - TODAY’S LEARNERS, TOMORROW’S LEADERS PODCAST 

The YELC members discuss a variety of topical, contemporary and pertinent issues, relevant to the lived experiences of young Black people, people of colour and racialised people. 

Tune in on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Anchor or Pocket Casts

DIASPORA KITCHEN SESSIONS

Join us online to learn how to cook exciting recipes originating from all over the world! During an intergenerational conversation chefs and hosts explore the stories behind the dish, their cultures and share their journeys and experiences as people of diaspora living in the UK.  

More dates coming soon!

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