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 project is a scheme developed in collaboration with Brent 2020 to support young entrepreneurs between 15-25 years old develop ideas for social change in their area. Using their passions and desires, research into local community needs, and support from artists and local networks, they created brand new ideas to pitch to a panel in March 2020.

In partnership with Kiln Theatre, we provided training, support, funding and professional advice to young people looking to develop their passion into a project that benefits the local community.

Following workshops, the participate pitched their idea to a panel of experts for the chance to win £2000; 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!

Three sets of Agents have now been awarded £2000 each to develop their ideas for social change­ - 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.

Read about the successful projects

Film4Thought Berlyn, Lina, Nathan & Yusra by Nathaniel Telemaque

The Agency at Kiln Theatre is part of Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture. The Agency UK is a Battersea Arts Centre and Contact programme devised in partnership with People’s Palace Projects. Current partners include: 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.