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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Info for Young People, Parents & Schools
Young People & their parents: Our projects are a great way for young people to build their skills and confidence. Anyone who is interested in getting involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Schools: We work with several primary and secondary schools. If you would like to arrange a visit, workshop or find out more about how to get involved, please email email@example.com