Youth UPF

Youth UPF encourages, sponsors and organises many types of events as well as focussing on leadership training for global citizenship.

Sheridan Mangal - Founder of SFM FoundationSheridan Mangal was interviewed during a Youth UPF-WFWP evening about his youth and community work after achieving success in a financial market career. Sheridan Mangal who received racist taunts as a 16 year old on the stock market trading floor, spoke about how he found value in his work despite the racism and snobishness in the 1980's. ( http://t.co/dX0DhUS2)  He funds the SFM Foundation himself to mentor and advise young people how to develop their talent in business. He says a person should, 'Learn, Earn and Return' in their lives. He is now returning his wisdom to others. Sheridan Mangal and SFM Foundation. 'Our courses get young people to think for themselves. They get a lot of self esteem from that.

Read more: An Evening With Sheridan Mangal

Ian and RiochUniversal Peace Federation Youth UK and Women’s Federation for World Peace Youth UK were fortunate to have two awe-inspiring individuals in their presence. Rioch Edwards-Brown who has over 16 years experience as a TV researcher and media campaigner and Ian Brown, who has worked in the television industry for more than 20 years, gave a moving interview on their personal and professional journey, a meeting held at Lancaster Gate on April 5th. Around 40 passionate young people gathered for an evening they will surely remember.

(Next Evening with ... Sheridan Mangal - Link 7:00 pm May 8th, 43 Lancaster Gate, W2 3NA)

Read more: An Evening With Rioch Edwards Brown and Ian Brown

Baroness Verma House of Lords - July 13th, 2011

Baroness Sandip Verma, spoke to the audience saying, 'I would especially like to thank every single young person that came today. I met Tara Love a year ago and she stuck out to me because she asked me: ‘What can I do?’ and now she has gone out and done it. Yes you are the future and you are the present now. I think it’s really important that politicians pay attention and listen to what you have to say. It is about people believing in you, you only need that one person to say that I believe in what you are doing and ordinary people can make other people extraordinary and extraordinary people extremely extraordinary. We want to be able to share common purposes, to share that goal. Like the saying goes ‘It starts with a couple of drops and becomes a sea.’ I am so glad that I was here to hear your speeches today, and I will look in 10 years to see who has become a leader.'

Read more: Youth Achievement Awards 2011 Baroness Verma

Quince Garcia and Julien  - Youth Achievement AwardHouse of Lords, July 13th 2011

Fourteen young adults gave inspirational speeches about their activities and vision before receiving Youth Achievement Awards, in an event kindly hosted by Lord King of West Bromwich and organised jointly by the Universal Peace Federation and the Women's Federation for World Peace. Baroness Verma, one of several Parliamentarians to attend the event and present awards, said, 'I am so glad that I was here to hear your speeches today, and I will look in 10 years to see who among you has become a leader.'’ A participant later added, 'I would like to express my gratitude for the award yesterday. I think I speak for many when I say it was a very inspirational event. As one of the recipients of the award, I left the event yesterday with the motivation to continue striving in my endeavours, contributing to my community.' Six schools from the Stepney Partnership also participated, presenting an award to one exemplary family from each school. Ben Yeo, Project Manager for the Stepney Partnership, wrote later, ‘Big congratulations to six Stepney Partnership families who won an important national award at the House of Lords last night. The families received their award for the huge impact that parents/carers have had on their children’s learning and the wider community. The Youth Achievement Awards were organised by the Universal Peace Federation and included inspiring stories from young people across the UK.'  (Full Report Link)

Read more: Youth Achievement Awards 2011

Baroness Oona King

Baroness Oona King offered some advice. Remember if you don’t do it, nobody else will. If you come from a ‘disadvantaged’ background and feel discouraged, please remember; do not prejudge the prejudice of others. I was never encouraged to stand for election as an MP. I was told I was the wrong type of colour for the area, plus I am part Jewish that really did not suit the constituency. I just decided by myself and I won.

Quince Garcia, one of the awardees said, ‘I'm co-founder of Roadworks Media, a film production company based in South London. I'm delighted to be here and have been invited by The Universal Peace Federation. As director of Roadworks Media our projects have required us to work with green screen, 35mm film and digital recording cameras with a set and crew that has lead us to exhibit a lot of our work. Our clients have included Google, The Pollocks Toy Store, Wates Constructions and The Forgiveness Project.

Read more: Youth Achievement Awards Part 3