What is involved in Urban Change Makers emerging leaders programme?

UCM Luton trip

Urban Change Makers is a new emerging leaders programme that focuses on working class leadership development from within urban priority areas. UCM is initiated by Newbigin School for Urban Leadership and Worth Unlimited in conjunction with local hubs who nominate and send small teams (pods) of emerging leaders to the 10 month programme that includes week-end intensives, coaching, site visits and investors panel.

The 2018/19 Cohort nominations are now open. To nominate or register your interest please click here.

What are dates of the various elements of the programme?

Nomination open: 12/5/18 to 11/7/18

Invitations complete: 1/8/18

First Residential “Compassion”: 5-7/10/18

First Site Visit: 26/10/18

First Coaching session: 30/11

Second Residential “Innovation”: 25-27/1/19

Second Site Visit: 22/2/19

Second Coaching session: 29/3/19

Third Residential “Resilience” Holy Island: 26-28/4/19

Third Coaching session (prepare for pitch): 17/5/19

Investor Panel and Graduation: 25/5/18


Who is Urban Change Makers for?

Urban Change Makers especially focuses on those who are:

  • Urban (ie from urban priority area and be willing to join the progammme in a local ‘pod’ with others from that neighbourhood).
  • Emerging (ie, aged between 18-35 with high potential to make a difference)
  • Diverse (ie, not from mainstream, establishment backgrounds, paying attention to class, race and gender access and equity challenges)
  • Raw Talents (ie, have catalytic potential that traditional education systems will probably not bring out their best)


What does Urban Change Makers cost? 

We don’t want finances to be a barrier to any Urban Change Maker accessing the programme. It costs UCM about £1k per participant each year. Through sponsorships, grants and donations we hope that each participant will only be asked to invest £100 for the whole program including 3 week-end residentials, 3 coaching sessions, 2 site visits and an investor panel/graduation.  We especially ask nominators (and/or their organisation or church) to consider donating toward their nominees program if their nominee is successful.



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