Join our Young Challenge Group

A New Direction is recruiting 15 young Londoners to join our Young Challenge Group and help support the next phase of our local partnerships work.

The Young Challenge Group can provide opportunities to:

  • Gain experience of the creative and cultural sector
  • Advise cultural organisations on what young Londoners need and share your ideas about what matters to you
  • Make a real difference to the creative and cultural opportunities for young people in London
  • Develop your team working, planning, presentation, and networking skills
  • Meet other creative young Londoners and work with industry professionals

There will also be opportunities to be involved with other aspects of A New Direction’s work, and members aged 21+ will be encouraged to take up mentoring opportunities within the group. Travel expenses are available and members will also be compensated financially for their time.

What role will the Young Challenge Group play?

The Young Challenge Group will work with us on the next stage of our local partnership programme by advising A New Direction on what we can do to support culture and creativity. The group will help us understand what's working well and ensure that the voices of young Londoners are heard.

The Young Challenge Group will help us advocate for change at every level of society, from local projects to London-wide programmes, and lead the way as we continue our recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. In return, we will listen to and amplify your voice, give you a space to connect with other young creative Londoners, and provide opportunities to be involved in London-wide culture and creativity.

The Young Challenge Group is a year-long commitment encompassing six meetings from September 2021 to July 2022. Travel expenses are available, and members will be compensated financially for their time. You must be aged between 16 and 24 and live in London to apply. If you are under 18 you must receive consent from your parent/guardian before you can participate.


How to apply

If you’d like to be a part of the Young Challenge Group, please submit the online application form by 5pm on Monday 16 August 2021. We’ll let you know the outcome of your application by Wednesday 23 August.


A New Direction are committed to our opportunities being accessible to all young Londoners. If you have any access requirements or need the application form in a different format, please get in touch with Jack on