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February 16, 2021

Yemi Adeola

Name
Yemi Adeola

Age and location
22, Ealing

What led you to be here today and prompted you to want to join the FVG?
I am passionate about the work we do in the social-mobility and youth unemployment space. I joined Youth Futures Foundation’s Grant Committee last year; I felt empowered to have a voice and help make critical decisions about the money invested in supporting young NEETs. As its youngest member, I enquired into what Youth Futures was doing to ensure young people were represented at all levels of the organisation. Anna Smee connected me with Anna Darnell and Deuvaunn who were working on the same idea internally. The rest is history!

What are you up to now? (eg. In work/study/looking for work/volunteering)
I’m currently a law student at BPP University. In my spare time, I volunteer at a social-mobility charity, help run a non-profit and recently joined the Board of the RSA as its youngest ever trustee!

What is most important to you in your life right now?
I think it’s vital to harness the adaptability, ingenuity and energy of youth to build a more equitable world, ensuring young people’s unique experiences and insights are amplified where decision-making power is held.

What sort of changes do you want to be involved in making as part of the FVG?
Providing a platform as ambassadors to collectively lead, innovate and actively campaign to tackle pervasive socio-economic inequalities locally across the UK. We exist to help shape policy and action on getting young people into sustained meaningful work, as agents of change within Youth Futures and in wider society! I’m keen to work on partnerships to drive systemic change, hopefully through the Youth Employment Group which Youth Futures is at the forefront of.

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