Keeping it Wild: Youth Accelerator Fund

Keeping it Wild: Youth Accelerator Fund

Camera Trap Workshop credit Penny Dixie

Our brand-new digital programme began in October 2020. Designed to teach young people aged 16-25 more about digital marketing through online Workshops and equipping them to create a fundraising campaign for London Wildlife Trust through an online paid Training Placement.

Participants had the opportunity to dive into this varied and exciting world for a few days, learn what jobs are available and gain skills to help promote and protect wildlife in the capital. 

KiW: YAF Journey Graphic

This programme was delivered by London Wildlife Trust, Open and supported by youth partners Headliners and London Youth. The opportunity is funded by the DCMS Youth Accelerator Fund via National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

Part 1: Digital Media & Marketing Workshops

Two free online, interactive workshops designed to give up to 80 young Londoners the skills and confidence to pursue a career in the charity fundraising and marketing industries. 

Screenshot of workshop

Part 2: Digital Media & Marketing Training Placements

9 young people had the opportunity to put into action the tips and tricks they learnt during the workshop and be part of a unique four day paid Training Placement hosted by Open. They worked in teams to create a real-life social media fundraising campaigns for London Wildlife Trust, including this example pictured below:

preview of facebook ad

Part 3: Showcase Event

The team hosted a youth-led event showcasing the achievements of our latest programme’s Digital Media and Marketing Trainees. Both events were curated by young people involved in the project who also presented their work and experiences on the programme. 

This was a free virtual event held across Thursday 9th - Friday 10th December 2020 - organised to explain how our Youth Accelerator Fund project came together, as well as to provide valuable career advice for young people on entering the sector.

You can watch the recordings of the two online events below.

Showcase Event Part 1: Youth Digital Fundraising & Environmental Careers

This is a recording of the virtual event hosted to reveal more about the project, showcase the work of the young people involved and feature a discussion with our Trainees on youth involvement in the sector.

Video content: 


 Project overview


 Training Placements overview


 "My Training Placement experience"


 The campaigns revealed


 The results revealed


 Careers Q&A with Headliners (UK), London Wildlife Trust and Open

Showcase Event Part 2: Youth Involvement & Digital Fundraising

This is a recording of the virtual event hosted to reveal more about the project and showcase the work of the young people involved.

Video content: 


Project overview


Trainees present the campaigns


Headliners (UK) present their involvement in the project


Trainees describe their experiences on the programme


Project legacy

41:44 Q&A with the project team


In conversation with Keeping it Wild Trainees