About Us

Global Optimists is a project of The Youth of Today created by the Young Foundation and the National Youth Agency. It is a global youth leadership portal featuring:

  • Leadership opportunities for young people in England and internationally

  • Case studies of inspiring young leaders

  • Best practice and innovation from youth leadership organisations from around the world

The Youth of Today is a consortium of leading youth organisations working together to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of opportunities for young people as leaders of change. It is funded and supported by Government.

It is managed by six leading organisations including the British Youth Council, Changemakers,  the National Youth Agency, Prince's Trust, UK Youth Parliament and the Young Foundation.

The National Youth Agency works in partnership with a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations to support and improve services for young people. Our particular focus is on youth work and we believe strongly that by investing in young people’s personal and social development, young people are better able to live more active and fulfilling lives.  As well as being the lead partner in The Youth of Today consortium, we are also involved in delivering two strands of its work:

  • Establishing and publicising a framework of leadership opportunities for young people

  • Challenging government and the public sector to involve young leaders in their work

The Young Foundation brings together insight, innovation and entrepreneurship to meet social needs. We have a 55 year track record of success with ventures such as the Open University, Which?, the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Healthline (the precursor of NHS Direct). We lead two strands of The Youth of Today:

  • The global research strand, aiming to showcase the UK's excellence in youth leadership, open access to international opportunities for marginalised young people, and improve the research base and knowledge of best practice in global youth leadership.

  • The Youth of Today Leadership Fund, giving out £1m in grants to innovative youth leadership organisations in England. We will reach 50 organisations through the Fund.

We want to hear what you think of the site - and of course, to answer any of your questions.

The best way to reach us is by email at info@globaloptimists.org