Life and career paths for young people can be confusing and stressful, particularly within the Black and Minority ethnic communities. With continued exposure to social and economic injustice, as well as structural barriers to progress in education, employment and enterprise, this leaves no hope for young people of ethnic heritage to succeed.
We at Step Up Youth, provide platforms and programs to engage young people and equip them with the right tools to excel. Employing holistic approaches, we ensure that our youth and partners have bespoke solutions tailored to their individual and collective needs.
We are breaking through the barriers, building an inclusive society with diversity at the heart of everything we do, addressing inequalities and creating powerful communities where every young person can succeed and prosper in spite of their background. 

Step Up Youth is delighted to announce that we were nominated as one of the top 6 New Businesses in Greenwich at the Best of Royal Greenwich Business Awards 2022.
We are grateful to all our staff, volunteers, partners, mentors, local councillors, funders and community stakeholders.
We credit this acknowledgement to all the disadvantaged young people for whom we set up this organisation, to give them a platform to thrive in education, employment and enterprise.
We celebrate this recognition within the borough. 


Bridge The Gap is an ESFA, ESF and Groundwork – funded training and support program aimed to improve access to employment for marginalised Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Youth aged 16 – 24 in Greenwich, through a person-centred holistic approach, by providing one-to-one and group support around CV writing, employability, job search, interview preparation, work exposure and soft-skills that employers are looking for.



To be eligible young people must be:

  • Aged between 16-24
  • Unemployed OR
  • Economically inactive
  • Black and Minority Ethnic Origin (BME)
  • Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) 16-18 Only
  • Resident in Greenwich London
  • Eligible to live and Work in the UK
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Why Step Up Youth

Our environments are fun yet conducive to learning

We employ innovative and modern learning techniques

Our workshops and programmes are culturally intelligent, catering to the bespoke needs of our young people

Diversity and inclusion protocols ensure that all our young people are catered to equally and without discrimination

Our Services


Through Non Formal Learning techniques, young people are able to engage in dynamic and innovative learning solutions that make up for gaps in academic challenges. Our programs complement the traditional models, offering unique learning experiences for relevant credentials in their chosen fields. We also help in getting scholarships for our young people and work with partner universities and colleges to ensure access to top quality education.


Our skills training in CV writing, Career guidance and practical Job clinics help to build up confidence in interviews for that all important job. In order to sustain their jobs and add competitive advantage, we train our young people with soft skills encompassing: Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Adaptability and Cognitive Flexibility in order to employ critical techniques as quickly as new problems and situations emerge in the ever changing world


Through our Entrepreneurship think tank, we offer start up support to young people who would like to start their own businesses, providing innovative solutions to modern challenges. This includes: idea generation, business planning, customer segmentation, strategy, branding, marketing and digital literacy. In partnership with service providers and corporations, we advise and signpost those who are ready to scale up their existing businesses.

Our Programmes


Our Leadership programs empower young people with soft skills required to foster personal and civic duty responsibilities whilst building capacities to become responsible leaders and


Having a keen focus on youth and community development, we empower youth engagement and active citizenship with an aim to cultivate individual and collective resilience in our

Creative Arts

We believe in providing spaces for creative expression for our young people, therefore we deliver fun and engaging workshops that help prevent social isolation, develop new skills 

Cultural Heritage

Our society needs to become more cohesive and inclusive, allowing young people to play an active role in democratic life. Education, training, youth work and sports are key

Social Activities

Being at a vulnerable age, we address young people’s psychosocial needs by providing resources and fun activities that promote their emotional, physical and mental well being


Sam Poulter

Such a privilege to be part of Step Up Youth and make a difference in our communities

Hashim Bhatti

It's good to see our young people bloom and Step up Youth provides an excellent platform

Shwetal Shah

I enjoy mentoring with Step Up Youth

Laura Tanner

Step Up Youth has enabled me to pursue my dreams

Upcoming Events

We did it!!! Ran and completed the 5K Cayman Island Sundowner Saturday night in beautiful Richmond. Ran, Got the medals & T-shirts to prove it & we enjoyed ourselves! Was fun to meet up with JCI members for such a good cause to support disadvantaged informal carers and refugees in our community. Exhausted but elated. Well done and thank you to all who participated and supported. So far we have raised £300 towards our project. Thank you. Our donation link is still active so please continue to support us here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stepupyouth-london?utm_term=rrgPVY8Eb

Step Up Youth is excited to start this new year with goals to provide more tools & programs to empower young people from underserved communities. We would like to thank @Localgiving and Postcode Society Trust, a grant-giving charity funded by players of

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