About Youth Leads UK

Youth Leads (formerly Xplode) is an award-winning charity getting the voice of young people heard and acted upon. We run skills development programmes, publish Xplode Magazine and challenge decision-makers. We believe in a country where youth leads.


Youth Leads supports young people aged 12-22 to enrich their skills, reach their potential, and influence change. We do this through peer-led programmes of volunteering, social action projects, and learning experiences, and by amplifying the voice of young people with key decision-makers.


Skills Enrichment: Immersing young people into new and challenging environments, to develop and enrich their skills through mentorship, training and industry insights.

Self-Empowering Potential: Connecting young people to their community through increased responsibility, opportunities and recognition through youth-led projects, co-design and pathways to progress into senior roles.

Influencing Change: Influencing decision making across society through elevated youth voice opportunities. We work tirelessly to improve the perceptions of young people, challenge decision-makers, and champion meaningful representation.

Organisational Development: Establish a sustainable, skilled and effective organisation


Fun: We provide energised activities, opportunities for social inclusion & support networks through new friendships.

Bold: We’re not afraid to take risks.

Community: Working in partnership to inspire civic pride and support young people to develop as world-class citizens.

Empowering: Facilitating opportunities – with beneficiaries at the heart of decision making – to create lasting change through co-designed projects.

Aspirational: Helping and supporting young people to be the best they can be.

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