Our approach

Young people are at the heart of everything we do. Our aim is to connect them to their full potential, so that they can thrive in their own lives and become agents of positive social and environmental change in the world. We do this by providing values-based, practical and reflective experiences through our different programme strands.  Contact generate@globalgeneration.org.uk if you would like more information or would like to get involved.

 
“Since finishing the programme, I have completed my GCSEs and was elected to become a member of the first ever Islington youth council. I can only express my gratitude to Global Generation for equipping me with that foundation enriched with confidence, positivity and self-belief to do all those things!” - Miriam, 16, former Generator

“Since finishing the programme, I have completed my GCSEs and was elected to become a member of the first ever Islington youth council. I can only express my gratitude to Global Generation for equipping me with that foundation enriched with confidence, positivity and self-belief to do all those things!” - Miriam, 16, former Generator

The Generator: Youth Leadership

Our flagship programme, for local 14- to 18-year-olds, provides foundational training outside of school hours in our "I, We and The Planet" framework, both at Pertwood Farm and our London sites. Generators voluntarily co-design, co-deliver, take part in and reflect on activities in King’s Cross and beyond, gaining experience in working with businesses and the local community. This helps them develop skills in communication, enterprise and leadership, as well as hands-on work in our urban gardens and kitchen.

“The Skip Garden is interesting because we do healthy cooking, and eat food that footballers have in their diets. I’ve made new friends, and got to play more football, so the highlight for me has been... all of it. It’s brilliant.” – Said, 10, Friday Night Out participant

“The Skip Garden is interesting because we do healthy cooking, and eat food that footballers have in their diets. I’ve made new friends, and got to play more football, so the highlight for me has been... all of it. It’s brilliant.” – Said, 10, Friday Night Out participant

Friday Night Out with Arsenal

Our project, primarily for 8- to 14-year-olds, combines football, cooking and other activities in the heart of King's Cross. Local young people are invited to come play football every Friday with Arsenal FC for free. Then fortnightly, after football, the young people join Global Generation to learn to cook food that tastes great and is good for them, to eat together in the Skip Garden. Run in collaboration with Arsenal in the Community, with support from the Arsenal Foundation, Argent and Islington Giving.

 

“I met a lot of people who influenced me positively and believed that my business was going to succeed, and that’s the best way to gain confidence and belief. It was awesome knowing you made your own product - makes you feel good because you know you’re promoting natural ingredients to the people you are selling to.” - Hamdi, 14, Business BTEC student

“I met a lot of people who influenced me positively and believed that my business was going to succeed, and that’s the best way to gain confidence and belief. It was awesome knowing you made your own product - makes you feel good because you know you’re promoting natural ingredients to the people you are selling to.” - Hamdi, 14, Business BTEC student

Connecting Schools/Colleges & Business

For over 5 years, we delivered BTECs for KS4 students of Regent High School, focused on sustainability principles and opportunities connected to our urban agriculture activities. Students used the changing landscape of King’s Cross to learn about business and the kinds of values needed to drive a more sustainable and socially-inclusive future, then launched their own micro-enterprises. We are now extending a similar offer of free Careers & Enterprise education and work experience opportunities to all local secondary schools.

“I never thought about seasonality and I couldn't believe I liked muffins made with vegetables like squashes” - Jasmine, 12, Junior Chef “My time has been interesting as I have done planting, cooking and more. This has let me go on things like beekeeping, which i'd never get to do otherwise. I've also met new people” - Christopher, 11, Junior Generator

“I never thought about seasonality and I couldn't believe I liked muffins made with vegetables like squashes” - Jasmine, 12, Junior Chef

“My time has been interesting as I have done planting, cooking and more. This has let me go on things like beekeeping, which i'd never get to do otherwise. I've also met new people” - Christopher, 11, Junior Generator

Junior Generator & Junior Chef Club

Students in years 7, 8 and 9 are invited into our kitchen for a short series of after-school sessions, where they explore our food philosophy, build their culinary skills and spark their creativity. These Junior Chefs experience the field to fork food cycle, creating a variety of dishes using seasonal produce from the Skip Garden. The Junior Generators are taken on a longer 3-month journey of learning and building confidence, with weekly after-school sessions and events in King's Cross.

“This was the best course I've ever done because it was fun and practical." - Safia, 19, Global Generation WORKS graduate

“This was the best course I've ever done because it was fun and practical." - Safia, 19, Global Generation WORKS graduate

Global Generation WORKS

We believe that the most meaningful way to support young people who are looking for a job and a career path is by giving them the space and opportunities to develop the important habits of mind, skills and perspective that all 21st century employers look for - like self-belief, empathy, creativity and perseverance - and then linking them up with local businesses and organisations for work placements and/or training. That is what our Global Generation WORKS programme is designed to do for young people aged 16-30.

"The experience of building real, sustained relationships with the businesses moving into King’s Cross has brought an important additional dimension to the course which our school alone could not provide, whilst individual students who would have struggled to achieve within a conventional curriculum have achieved measurable success (BTEC Level 2 Distinctions) for their work with Global Generation." - Rosemary Leeke, Head Teacher, Regent High School

Space and Nature

At ‘Space and Nature’ we fascinate children with amazing facts and visuals of the Cosmos. At the same time, we explore the wonder of Nature, with direct hands on experience, in the Skip Garden. We endeavour to provide an inspiring environment for children’s learning and well-being. We work to develop in children a deeper sense of what we call ‘I, We and the Planet.’ That is, a deeper and enriched sense of who they are, the world around them and how everything in life is interconnected.