Vested's panel is made up of six young Londoners with experience of unemployment.
Applications are open for a new £300,000 participatory social investment programme, funded by Trust for London.
Vested is bringing together a group of young adults to be part of a panel that will decide how to invest up to £300,000 in employment and training opportunities in London.
The programme will be offering investment to organisations that provide good work for young Londoners (16-25 years old) and aim to tackle poverty or inequality in London. The funding criteria has been shaped by the panel, made up of six young Londoners with experience of unemployment.
The panel’s final funding recommendations will go to Trust for London’s board in April 2024.
Applications are open until 30 January 2024.
“I know from experience how challenging unemployment is, as someone who has learning difficulties and caring responsibilities. I believe that investment can help underrepresented groups to thrive, and I joined Vested because I'm passionate about tackling social injustice."
Angelique, young carer and panel member
"We’re working with people with first-hand experience to help create a better and fairer funding landscape. The input from young people affected by long-term unemployment to the different stages of the application and decision-making process for Vested is invaluable. We’re excited to see the organisations that get chosen by this process directly involving young people."
Luke Kavanagh, social investment manager at Trust for London
This project is led by Shift and Trust for London, with funding from the Connect Fund.