The Leaders Symposium

A Peacemaking Project by Shayne T.

What is the injustice we are solving?

I believe that there is a direct link between civic disengagement and low aspirations , young people in society who feel far removed from the socio-economic and political landscape are at a disadvantage. The many who are not fortunate enough to have access to role models and key public figures may not have the confidence to achieve their fullest potential in a competitive commoditised economic climate. I have been fortunate to work with organisations that have made it possible for me to meet influential figures such as politicians and business leaders. I want to go into communities across the UK and create spaces for young people to meet & engage with community leaders to raise their aspirations and create solid networks between current leaders and millions of future leaders

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of I want to solve the injustice of the attainment gap where young people and students from disadvantaged backgrounds have lower aspirations and prospects due to lack of contacts , role models and access to leaders .
we will address The root cause of this injustice is the socio-economic landscape that is built for the better off but leaves a whole generation of disadvantaged young people behind. There are few practical proven steps to improve social mobility and this is a huge issue
by By going into communities all over the country and connecting community leaders in business , politics and 3rd sector with a diverse group of young people and bringing leaders together with future leaders to give every young person a better chance

Our Project Plan:


  • To create a space for young people to meet and interact with leaders in the economic,political and community landscape
  • To facilitate civic engagement
  • To promote social mobility
  • To bring Leaders and future leaders together

We will increase my / our compassion by...

Raising awareness and attention to the fact that there are young people that have been left behind and use the Leaders Symposium to illustrate that young people like myself can create solutions to such issues if given the support .

How will you show courage?

This is a bold undertaking as it will involve collaboration from young people with leaders in business , politics and the economy . The project will show courage in that it will show that young people can reach out to leaders and bring them into their space to facilitate and create connections for the future

How will you collaborate with others?

I will enlist the help of university societies such as the Debate society . I will involve the student union executive and I will involve national organisations such as UK youth and Youth Employment UK.

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

I will seek feedback every step of the way from the young people I will be working with and from the peace first facilitators. After the project is delivered I will access the outcome of the event and measure the engagement and impact of the undertaking

Key Steps

  • Secure the venue for the Leaders Symposium which will be the university of Buckingham
  • Invite civic leaders such as Andrea Leadsom
  • Invite Community share holders such as the Mayor of Bucmingham
  • Execute on the logistics such as sound , equipment , timing and refreshments
  • Invite attendees such as university students and young people from UK youth
  • Set Agenda for the day
  • Market the event
  • Build prototype website and social media presence
  • Diliver the event


How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?

My project helped me to understand that the wider goal is to extend economic inclusion. It helped me understand that the lack of access and social capital can be solved by reaching out to marginalised communities and building capacity therein.

How did your community change as a result of your project?

The Town and University of Buckingham has since had a wide range of leaders visiting the local area and connecting with young people creating a kind of accelerator effect on the local economy through building of social capital

How many people were impacted by your project?


Explain how you came up with the number of people impacted by the project?

I Counted the number of attendees on Eventbrite including the speakers myself and special guests. This ofcourse excludes the media coverage impressions.

How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?

The team learned empathy and gained insights into the disadvantage that other young people face in the education to employment pipeline

What did your team learn?

My team learnt to collaborate better across lines of difference. They learnt to take one the initiative and how to develop and deliver socail innovation and impact.

What challenges did your team overcome?

The team had to overcome budget constraints, disagreements with scheduling and different visions for the event and process.

How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?

I sought feedback on how the event went and how it can be improved

What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?

To just take the first step, to take the initiative and see how it goes. There is less to lose than there is to gain, and young people can become the change they want to see in the world.

Our Updates:

Keynote Speaker for the Leaders Symposium

Shayne T.
3 April 2018 22:20


Kelsey T.
13 April 2018 11:10
Congratulations! Your project has been selected to receive a Peace First Challenge mini-grant. We will be in touch soon with details about this payment.

The mini-grant process is also a space for you to get feedback on your peacemaking project. We hope you will use this feedback to further strengthen your project. Please see the feedback on your mini-grant below.

This is such a wonderful project! Your understanding of how a lack of social capital and opportunities to engage with leaders can contribute to the attainment gap (also sometimes called the opportunity gap). I think your idea to create spaces for young people from all backgrounds to access, influence, and learn from role models and leaders is very compelling! Your plan is especially strong in collaboration and I appreciate the courage it takes to reach out to leaders to participate in this work!

Things to Consider:
Although you have a fabulous list of goals, I'd encourage you to think about how to make those goals a bit more specific and timebound for this phase of your work -- what specific goals can you set for yourself for the next 2-3 months?
How will you know you've achieve them? Check out the SMART goals tool for help with this:

Related to this, I think once you have some concrete goals, you'll be able to come up with some specific ways to measure your success and impact -- how can you set up a system to track how many people are impacted by your work through attending the event (or other means), and what can you do to measure the impact it has on them? You could consider a survey or following up with some participants, etc. Gathering this data might help you down the line if you want to grow this project and apply for other funding, and it will help you celebrate your achievements!

Congratulations and best of luck with your project!
Adrian B.
4 April 2018 17:29
This all sounds so exciting!! Keep us posted on your progress, and let us know how we can support you. :)
Shayne T.
3 April 2018 21:44
Thank you very Kindly Adrian, i appriciate you pointing me in the right direction. The project with peace first is to serve as the spring board to my plans to turn the Leaders Symposium into a social enterprise. The grant I have applied for will go towards running a flagship event at my university encompassing the wider Buckinghamshire community and the young people there in. I have in the past conducted research for the Goverment department of Culture Media and Sport and identified the issues that make young people feel disenfranchised and dis-engaged from civil society. I have spoken to young people and students and they sound excited to attend the calibre of event I plan to run with the help of peace first. The event will serve as the announcement of the Leaders Symposiums' existence and The next step will be to involve academics and research institutions in researching further the issues around civic disengagement so as to my project a greater mandate. The Leaders Symposium event is the first step of a long journey of changing the lives of others.
Adrian B.
2 April 2018 14:22
Hi Shayne!

I love this idea! It's very cool how you're working to spread your knowledge and connections so that all young people are able to deepen their civic engagement work. This is a very exciting and important project!

One thing that can help deepen the already-important work you're doing is to talk to young people who directly experience disenfranchisement/discouragement from civically engaging, to the groups that cause this disenfranchisement to happen, and to other people who are working to stop this injustice from occurring. When you talk to all these groups, you'll gain a deeper understanding of why this is happening, and you'll get to learn from people who are directly affected by this to understand what their priorities and needs are. Understanding the root causes of this issue will help you address it at the root. Here’s a toolkit we have for helping with this process:

Here are a few awesome projects on our platform that focus on this issue. I encourage you to check them out and comment on the ones that resonate for you--start a conversation and share ideas!

I hope that these resources are useful! I'm so excited about this project. Thank you for what you're doing!

Let me know if you have any questions or need support in thinking about your next steps. :) I'm excited to support you however possible, and to watch this project grow!

Adrian B.
5 July 2018 13:39
Hi Shayne,

I hope you're doing well! I wanted to drop by our (new!) project platform and check in about how your project is going--how are you doing with finishing up your mini-grant application and adding payment details for your project? Let me know if you need any help!

I also wanted to let you know about a timeline we have for a UK-specific challenge that's coming up. We'd love to have you involved!

Completion of Understand Phase & Submit Compassionate Insights by 20th July
Submit Project Plan by 17th August
Submit Mini-Grant Application by 31st August
Submit Reflection by 31st October

Let me know if you'd like to know more about the challenge, and if there's anything we can do to help. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Tom B.
31 July 2018 13:42
Hi Shayne,
I understand that you delivered your event in June. Congratulations!
We'd love to know how it went. Please do share your reflection with us when you get a chance.
Tom B.
7 August 2018 14:08
Hi Shayne,
I forgot to mention in my last post that we have a range of tools to support you through the Reflect stage. You can find them on your project dashboard.