Charly Young

CEO & Co-Founder
Charly Young The Girls Network

Charly Young is CEO and Co-founder of The Girls’ Network – a charity that provides 14-19 year old girls from the least-advantaged communities across England with a female mentor and a network of professional female role models.

As a secondary school teacher, she saw first-hand how girls and young women were limited by their gender and background, and knew she had to do something! She left teaching, and has since grown the charity from supporting just 30 girls in 2013, to over 1,200 in 2020.

Charly has experience in scaling organisations from idea to reality, and has supported social entrepreneurs working in the education and social justice space through Teach First and the Fair Education Alliance.

She previously worked at the Royal Society of Arts as a researcher, was a primary school governor, and sits on the Expert Impact Alumni Board. Charly also shared what she has learnt about scaling with fellow social entrepreneurs during one of our regular Impact Labs.

Charly Young The Girls Network
Charly has mentored

Recruit For Spouses

Recruit For Spouses provide military spouses with the tools to develop, grow and gain confidence in the workplace.

  • Recruit For Spouses
  • Douar Tech
  • Link Your Purpose
  • SEND Coffee
  • Role Models
  • Social Ark

My time with Charly was useful and insightful as she was well prepared for our session. We will definitely connect again in the future and hopefully develop a working relationship.  

Heledd Kendrick, Founder, Recruit For Spouses

Charly has mentored

Douar Tech

Douar Tech is a Moroccan organization that contributes to strengthening the resilience of vulnerable youth, especially women, from precarious backgrounds in rural and peri-urban areas, through training in innovative entrepreneurship and web development skills.

  • Recruit For Spouses
  • Douar Tech
  • Link Your Purpose
  • SEND Coffee
  • Role Models
  • Social Ark

Charly was a fantastic sounding board to the concerns I have shared. She has provided us with very relevant feedback to achieve our strategic objectives in such a critical time for our organization, authentic advice I very much appreciate.  

Hanae Bezad, National Coordinator, Douar Tech

Charly has mentored

Link Your Purpose

Link Your Purpose is an online career development platform and social enterprise that uses innovative technology to improve the way career education is offered in schools in Jamaica.

  • Recruit For Spouses
  • Douar Tech
  • Link Your Purpose
  • SEND Coffee
  • Role Models
  • Social Ark

Charly was an amazing mentor, she listened keenly and offered sound advice based on her skills and expertise. She asked questions that got me thinking deeper about my business.  

Lanisia Rhoden, CEO, Link Your Purpose

Charly has mentored

SEND Coffee

SEND Coffee hires and trains people with special needs or disabilities into jobs in the coffee industry

  • Recruit For Spouses
  • Douar Tech
  • Link Your Purpose
  • SEND Coffee
  • Role Models
  • Social Ark

Charly’s insight into our culture made us realise what we really wanted to be, and changed our way of thinking about ourselves. It was one of the most useful moments in our journey so far, and we feel very lucky to have had the opportunity.  

Harry Graham, Managing Director, SEND Coffee

Charly has mentored

Role Models

Role Models is a unique service providing skilled & engaging ad hoc and ongoing part-time childcare.

  • Recruit For Spouses
  • Douar Tech
  • Link Your Purpose
  • SEND Coffee
  • Role Models
  • Social Ark

I really enjoyed meeting Charly. She had some very useful, practical ideas that spanned board membership, sales techniques and recruitment channels. She also offered to follow up with me on a couple of things, which was extremely generous.  

Hugo Shephard, Managing Director, Role Models

Charly has mentored

Social Ark

We support working-class young people to set up social enterprises guided by their own lived experiences.

  • Recruit For Spouses
  • Douar Tech
  • Link Your Purpose
  • SEND Coffee
  • Role Models
  • Social Ark

My time with Charly was really useful. She shared her experiences and tips relevant to my own work and I’m looking forward to implementing some of the things we talked about. Thank you Charly.  

Lisa Stepanovic, CEO, Social Ark