In partnership with Bank of America, we are delivering a unique programme of management training, personal development, and corporate mentorship for emerging leaders from the UK youth sector, from ethnic minority backgrounds, to support them into senior leadership positions.
Participants will be supported to explore and develop their personal leadership styles, increase their knowledge in key management topics, and access networks that can unlock greater funding and more senior leadership roles.
The programme has been designed and will be delivered by people of colour for people of colour.
Analysis shows that leadership teams within the UK charity sector are predominantly white, and funders are disproportionately funding white-led charities. Yet we know that racial diversity is not only good for society, but it is also good for business - teams with greater ethnic diversity perform better and make better decisions than non-diverse teams.
Analysis also shows that there is a race gap in youth employment with young people from minority backgrounds twice as likely to be unemployed than their White peers. Young people from ethnic minorities are also more likely to be in low paid, less secure jobs and work in more precarious conditions.
The Leadership Academy is aimed at supporting the development of future leaders and their organisations, to contribute to the national conversation on issues facing young people from ethnic minority backgrounds in the UK, and ultimately improve the effectiveness of the UK youth sector.
At Impetus, our mission is to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed in school, in work and in life.
We have over 15 years’ experience training leaders and building high performing organisations working in youth employment and the wider sector, and we are pleased to be able to extend this training specifically to a cohort of future leaders from ethnic minority backgrounds.
Building on our own training toolkit, the programme will also draw on input from experts working on issues of race in the workplace and in leadership.
The programme is one small step in addressing the lack of racial diversity within the sector and is part of our organisational commitment to embedding racial diversity in all aspects of our work and helping our charity partners to become more diverse too.
The Academy is a 12-month programme, fully funded for successful applicants, and consists of 6-8 group masterclasses on key leadership topics and 6 one-to-one coaching sessions from Impetus experts focussed on personal development. Participants will also receive personalised mentorship from a senior member of Bank of America staff, and have the opportunity to attend networking events with funders and sector leaders.
Key leadership topics in the programme include financial and impact management, managing teams, fundraising and presentation skills. Participation will require approximately 2 days per month during office hours, plus 3-4 days across the year for joint session with the cohort. The course aims to be accessible for candidates from across the country and aims to be accessible face-to-face or online.
The Impetus Leadership Academy is aimed at aspiring leaders within the UK youth sector, working with young people aged 11-24.
Applicants must be from ethnic minority backgrounds and be middle managers or senior managers looking to move into a more senior role, current CEOs of small charities looking to lead a larger organisation, or Trustees aiming to move into the role of Chair of the Board.
We particularly encourage applications from outside of London, from participants from Black, Bangladeshi or Pakistani backgrounds, and from participants who have lived experience of the issues faced by the young people they work with.
Suitable candidates will have:
- Commitment to the youth sector in the UK evidence by past experience and future ambition
- Experience of leadership evidenced by results of leading an organisation, significant project or campaign, or other similar experience
- Ambition to take on a more senior role in the sector, and be a voice in the national conversation on issues for young people from ethnic minority backgrounds in the UK
- Time to commit to the Leadership Academy over the next 12 months
How to apply
1. Confirm eligibility: July 1 - 30 July
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Complete our online eligibility survey to confirm you are eligible to apply.
2. Apply for the programme: July 1 - 30 July
If eligible you will be sent a link to the application. Application will consist of uploading your CV, providing information about your current org, providing two references and answering 5 questions about your experience as a leader. Questions about your experience as a leader can be submitted as written text or video/audio.
The deadline for applications is Friday 30 July. We will let you know by the end of August if you are invited for an interview to further discuss your application.
3. Interview: August
If you have been shortlisted for the academy, you will be invited to meet with Impetus in August (TBD virtual or face to face). This is a chance to hear more about you and your experience as a leader to help assess if this programme is a good fit.
4. Panel review: end of August or early September
The Impetus Leadership Academy panel will review all shortlisted candidates and work to curate a cohort of 12 that span different levels of leadership and experience with an aim to build a rich cohort effect. The committee will be held at the end of August and candidates will be informed of their final result by early September.
5. Final approval and invitation: early September
Those candidates invited on the programme will receive information from us by early September and be invited to begin meeting the cohort of participants. Our first session with the cohort of 12 is expected to be in September.