UpRising was set up through the Young Foundation in 2008, and launched as an independent charity in 2013.
The idea of 1MM is rooted in the most successful aspects of the UpRising Leadership Programme, in terms of allowing people to broaden their horizons and take on leadership. Mentoring was a critical factor in enabling young people to do this. 1MM exists to support professionals to be effective mentors, by providing a convenient framework and structure. 1MM believe that by facilitating and investing in the goodwill of professionals, they can address the skills gap agenda and be an enabler of social cohesion. 1MM want to ensure that every young person in the country has access to trained mentor by right and not privilege, as they transition into adulthood.