The Youth United Foundation, the charity supporting the Network of 11 leading uniformed youth organisations, has appointed Adam Bonner as its new permanent Director. Adam will lead the Foundation as it develops its strategy and identifies new opportunities to ensure every young person who wishes to do so can join a uniformed youth organisation.
Adam has more than 15 years of leadership experience in the voluntary sector, most recently as an executive Director at Livability, a national charity providing services and community support for disabled people.
Prior to that he was National Youth Work Development Manager at the Salvation Army, the organisation where he continues to serve as a voluntary community leader in South London.
Jennie Price, Chair of Trustees at the Youth United Foundation said: “We are delighted to welcome Adam as the new Director of the Youth United Foundation. His broad experience encompassing third sector leadership, youth development and community engagement will be a great asset to the Foundation. His programme delivery expertise coupled with his excellent interpersonal skills mean he is ideally suited to this role. Throughout the recruitment process we have been particularly impressed by his personal commitment to improving the opportunities available to young people, which sits at the heart of the Foundation’s mission.”
Adam Bonner, new Director at the Youth United Foundation said: “Whatever their backgrounds, our young people are filled with great potential but often face numerous societal challenges that hold them back. The uniformed youth sector can offer practical skills and experience, but also, a sense of belonging and the ability to be the best citizens they can be. This is an exciting time to join the Youth United Foundation. They have already created 42,000 new places in uniformed youth groups and are on track to create another 5,500 this year. I look forward to supporting our network organisations while they create these life-changing opportunities for the UK’s young people.”
The Youth United Network works directly with 1.5m young people, aged between 4-24. They are currently delivering a programme to create 5500 new places across their Network for young people experiencing disadvantage, supported by 750 new adult volunteers.
Adam Bonner will take up his post on 7 May.
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The Youth United Foundation (YUF) was established in 2009 by HRH The Prince of Wales in order to provide every young person, nationwide, the opportunity to join a uniformed youth organisation, regardless of ethic or economic background. It supports the Network comprising the following leading uniformed youth organisations in the UK:
• Army Cadet Force
• The Boys’ Brigade
• The Scout Association
• The Girls’ Brigade England & Wales
• RAF Air Cadets
• Fire Cadets
• Sea Cadets
• St John Ambulance
• Volunteer Police Cadets
• Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade
The Network members work directly with 1.5m young people, aged between 4-24, from a diverse range of communities and geographies.