Our Legacy

As YFYA embarks upon it’s 9th annual event we welcome you to view our video to see what is in store for 2020!

  • It takes a community to raise the aspirations of a child
  • That community will offer a diversity of experiences and opportunities that will enrich a child’s life.
  • STEAM Companies and organisations play a community role, which is the objective of Your Future, Your Ambition to bring them all together.

YFYA Event History

The legacy of Your Future, Your Ambition


2019: Building STEAM Talent

The YFYA event saw a huge expansion in 2019, we have recognised and responded to the changing nature of skills required to enter the industry, by acknowledging the importance of the Arts at this year’s event.  YFYA believes that it is essential for the next generation to become versed in skills that foster both creativity and innovation. This event saw over 31 organisations, 300 volunteers, facilitating activities and workshops for over 1000 students from across the country. In addition, YFYA hosted its first facilitated Insight Day with Amazon UK, who welcomed a group of female students into their UK headquarters.

The 2019 event welcomed support from AWS, EA Games, Johnson & Johnson, and Visa, for the first time as well as long-standing patrons including ITV, City Of London Police, 100 Black Men of London and many more.

The event was formally opened by Nero Ughwujabo, Former No.10 Special Advisor on Social Justice, who commented on the importance of showcasing the wealth of opportunities in the STEAM industry and the pivotal role we each play in inspiring the next generation.

 “Every year I bring my children to YFYA because this is the only event that gives them access to a wide range of STEM experiences, and information all under one roof.”

 YFYA Student Parent

2018: Technology of Tomorrow

The YFYA event saw a huge expansion in 2018, we the event returned to the Emirates Stadium in October 2018 with more participating organisations and volunteers than ever before. The event welcomed 1,000 students from across the country, 24 supporting organisations and over 350 volunteers whom made sure the day was one to remember!.

The 2018 event welcomed support from Adobe, GSK, Natwest, and P.U.S.H for the first time as well as long standing patrons including P&G, National Grid, Deloitte, EY and many more.

The event was formally opened with the news that the Prime Minister Theresa May had awarded a Point of Light award recognising the efforts of Your Future, Your Ambition and the impact the event has in removing barriers to industry, wished the YFYA team of stakeholder organisations all the best for the day ahead.

“Overall the day was amazing and I loved the fact the kids got a chance to take part in different activities and speak about real opportunities” YFYA Sponsor

2017: STEM of the Future

After a complete overhaul of the YFYA brand in early 2017 and Tunji Akintokun standing down as co-director of YFYA, the event returned to the Emirates Stadium in October 2017. The event welcomed over 1000 students from across the country, 22 supporting organisations and over 220 volunteers whom all worked tirelessly to ensure every young person left the event inspired and encouraged.

The 2017 event welcomed support from ITV, The Wellcome Trust, SAP, TFL. Vmware, and WeAreTheCity for the first time as well as long standing patrons including BP, Bloomberg, National Grid, Deloitte, EY and many more.

The event was formally opened by Heather Melville, MBE and was closed showcasing the inspirational Callum Daniel, CEO of iCodeRobots.

 “The stands were really funny and I liked getting involved” Student, aged 11

2016: Creating Bright Futures

YFYA returned to the Emirates Stadium on 3rd March 2016 for our 5th annual event. 1000 students joined us and 30 organisations were involved in creating bright futures.

With many returning sponsors such as Deloitte, National Grid and Cisco and new organisations with the likes of Mitie, JP Morgan and RBS we were able to put on a more diverse and exciting array of exhibitions and learning environments for students aged 7-24.

“YFYA shows there are so many different paths in life you can choose”

 

2015: Making Amazing Happen

The Emirates Stadium held YFYA’s 4th annual event on 5th March. New companies joined the YFYA journey to educate and excite students from 7 to 17+ ages in STEM subjects. We introduced Accenture, Grant Thornton, Imperial College, Space Studio West London,Square Kilometre Array and The City of London Police. Deloitte, National Grid and P&G, to name a few were also present on the day. Over 500 students joined us, with some incredible feedback to share from their experiences of YFYA 2015.

“Thank you to everyone on the day who organised the event, it was fun!”
“Your Future, Your Ambition has inspired me and changed me”

2014: Classroom to the Boardroom

Hosted at The Emirates Stadium in London, in 2014 we had attendance from Avanade, British Airways, Deloitte, BNY Mellon, National Rail and many more. Over 800 students joined us to engage in STEM activities, participate in live demonstrations and most importantly to find out about future prospects with some of the biggest names in STEM.

“I need to work hard for my dreams and never give up”
“I already knew I wanted a job in one of these subjects, this has just enforced my decision”
“I would like to work for BT because they have amazing young apprenticeships”

2013

We had over 400 students attend at the Emirates Stadium for our 2nd year, with companies including Edf Energy, KPMG, National Grid, ACBN, Thomson Reuters and many more.

“Deloitte would be great to work for, because there is such a variety of areas to go into!”
“I’d like to work for Shell because they are a high calibre company and I believe this will be a fantastic experience”

2012

2012 was a great year, the first Your Future, Your Ambition event was held. The aim of the event was to inspire young people about STEM based subjects and the exciting career paths they could lead into. The event was a resounding success with over 350 schoolchildren and students attending the day gaining an experience they treasured and valued.