London Youth was founded in 1887 because the individual youth organisations of the day thought they were stronger by working together. Since the 1880s much has changed for young Londoners, but community youth organisations have provided a constant lifeline, a vital safe space beyond the family and formal education, where young people can develop the confidence and skills they need to become successful adults.
The mission of London Youth is to support and challenge young people to become the best they can be. The vision is that all young Londoners grow up healthy, able to navigate a fulfilling career and make a positive contribution in their communities. London Youth support them to develop the confidence, resilience and relationship skills they need to do this, delivering with and through our network of community youth organisations and at the two residential centres. London Youth work with all young people but place a particular emphasis on those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to the kind of opportunities London Youth offer.