A scheme to support young entrepreneurs between 15-25 years old develop ideas for social change in their area, turning their passion into a project.
The Agency was a scheme developed in collaboration with Brent 2020, supporting young people from the borough to lead creative social change for their local communities.
In partnership with Kiln Theatre, Brent 2020 provided training, funding, professional advice from artists and local networks, and supported the group to research into local community needs to develop their passion into brand new ideas that benefited the local community.
The participates pitched their idea to a panel of experts for the chance to win £2000 in March 2020; allowing them to turn their idea into a business or social enterprise in their area. A chance to make a positive change in their community, be a leader of their own unique business and gain vital skills to help them to succeed!
In October 2020, the three successful projects were announced - a podcast that tells the story of care leavers, a programme to enable young people to make films about issues affecting them, and an archive of the people in places in Harlesden undergoing regeneration.
The Agency at the Kiln Theatre was part of Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture. The Agency UK was a Battersea Arts Centre and Contact programme devised in partnership with People’s Palace Projects. Partners included: Kiln Theatre, Blackhorse Workshop, National Theatre Wales and Fablab Belfast.
Funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund and London Borough of Culture - a Mayor of London initiative - supported by the City of London Corporation’s charity and City Bridge Trust. The Agency is a programme originally conceived by Marcus Faustini in Rio de Janeiro, where it is delivered by Agência de Redes para a Juventude. The UK pilot (2013 – 2015) was funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.