Step up for RISE

Friday 2nd September 2022

One of the biggest obstacles facing young people today is access to a meaningful employment opportunity. For many, the challenge of getting a break and a chance to build a sustainable career is as big and daunting as climbing Mount Everest.

So, in early September we want to come together as a Talent Team to support young people facing barriers to employment and Step Up for RISE!  In recognition of the challenges many young people face, we are asking team members from every office globally to tackle the distance between base camp to the peak of Everest, a total of 20km or 12.2 miles.

Each team can choose how they cover the distance, with options to walk, climb, run, hop, skip or jump, either as one group or maybe as a relay team!  We know that every team will have their own thoughts and we can’t wait to hear what you come up with, but here’s a few thought starters to get the ideas flowing


Once you have decided on your activity, please email details to either Karen Graham (APAC and US) or Andy Chaggar (EMEA) by Friday 22nd July latest


The Step up for RISE challenge will be a sponsored event where we would love every Talent team member to help us to raise much needed funds for RISE. Your support will allow RISE to deliver work readiness programs and workshops, deliver coaching and mentoring support, cover travel costs for young people to attend interviews or work opportunities, cover the costs of suitable work clothing and much more.

We will be using the JustGiving platform to run and manage our fundraising and once you have confirmed your activity, we will support you to prepare a specific JustGiving page for your team which you can share with family, friends etc. to help collect donations.

Every donation makes a difference with as little as $10 or 5 pounds helping support a young person on their journey to meaningful employment

A$10 / £5

Could buy a day’s lunch for a young person on work placement

Taking a packed lunch to a work placement or training course is cheap but can lead to embarrassment and may mean lost chances to socialise with new colleagues while settling in.

A$100 / £56

Could buy a travel pass to attend a workshop, or work placement.

Young people often struggle with travel costs to attend job interviews or support meetings. After finding work they may also struggle until their first payday.

duration of pass varies by region

A$500 / £283

Could provide 15 hours of 1:1 coaching and mentoring for a young person

While we have some volunteer mentors our staff usually provide 1:1 coaching and mentoring to young people with more challenging needs

A$1,900 / £1,000

Could cover the total costs of a workshop for 12 young people

While we have some volunteer facilitators we also work with paid facilitators and provide travel, lunch and merchandise for young people to take home

Our goal is to raise $50,000 or £30,000 globally through our Step Up Challenge. All of the individual team JustGiving pages will be linked to a global page so that we can track our progress as an overall Talent team, as well as celebrating how each local team is doing.

We know you all love a competition so there will be incentives and prizes for the most money raised by an individual and team (based on average per team member so that smaller teams aren’t disadvantaged!) and even a chance to win the inaugural RISE Up Cup!

Whilst our primary goal is to raise much needed funds, we also want to raise awareness of the youth unemployment issue and raise the profile of RISE in your local community. With this in mind, we encourage teams to be creative in building awareness of RISE, getting it on socials and communicating to clients and candidates where possible.


The RISE and Talent Marketing team will provide you with a toolkit to help you explain what RISE is, how it helps young people and the impact the donations will make. Teams will be responsible for deciding on their activity, and creating their specific team fundraising page (using a template which we will provide) This will also include a link which you can share with your networks to ask them to get involved to support RISE

All funds raised will go into one global pot to support RISE’s work globally. RISE currently works in Australia, New Zealand and the UK and is recognised as a charity in these locations. We have aspirations to work in other locations worldwide in the future.

We’ll be using the internationally recognised online fundraising platform JustGiving to collect donations. The platform allows individual team pages to be linked to a central event so we can track team and overall totals raised.

That will depend on what activity you and your team chose to do. However you decide to tackle the challenge we would love each team to complete it on Friday 2nd September and make time to celebrate together afterwards!

We would encourage everyone to wear Talent RISE or Talent branded t-shirts to help promote the brand when carrying out your fundraising activity – please take lots of pictures and share them across social using the hashtag #RiseDay

There will be incentives and prizes for the most money raised by an individual and team (based on average per team member so that smaller teams aren’t disadvantaged!) and even a chance to win the inaugural RISE Up cup!

Friday 2nd September 2022.

No, you can start chipping away at the total in advance if easier. However, we want teams to come together to finish the distance on the day to create a “moment” and allow everyone to celebrate together.

We’re encouraging as many people as possible to meet the 20km target or beyond individually, but a relay is perfectly acceptable.