about ME

Kemi Folarin is the founder of Young People Matter Charity (YPM) and Aspire to Elevate Training Centre (AtE). YPM was voted winner of the 'Best Community Project' at the South London Press, Our Heroes Award 2009, and winner of ITV and National Lottery Community Fund's The People's Millions 2014.


Kemi was awarded 'Most Dedicated Community Leader' in 2014 and is a multi-stakeholder in the welfare of BME children and young people.  


Kemi has been commissioned by many multi-sector organisations and non-profits for her input and know-how in youth engagement.

  • MA in Youth & Community

  • BA in Psychology & Sociology

  • NLP Practitioner

  • Assessor (TAQA), Verifier

  • PTLLS, DTLLS Life Long Learning Sector

  • Toastmasters, Area Director, Gold Award

  • Author




Did you know that In recent years, women have run four of the five highest-profile charities in the UK and five of the 10 largest charities including the RSPCA, National Trust, Oxfam, NSPCC and Save the Children? Here's another interesting fact you might not have known, in 2007, aged only 22, Miss Kemi Folarin joined the order of social entrepreneurs founding the youth organisationYoung People Matter -by way of a 4-week summer project supported by a single funding bid. Today, Kemi's fledgeling project has blossomed into an award-winning, vibrant & colourful team of youth workers, sports enthusiasts, arts practitioners and advocates of a holistic approach to learning housed under her YPMCharity and Aspire to Elevate training centre banners.


We invite you to join Miss Folarin as she embarks on a journey crisscrossing the breadth of the people, services, and organisations; both statutory and voluntary, involved in working with children and young people. Where historic standards of practice are coloured in terms of black and white, Kemi succinctly lays bare the gray truths from the perspectives of those closest involved.


After successfully engaging children and young people in her local, South London area and across the nation, Kemi's literary venture, Young People Matter: The Best HELP Book aims to serve as a statement of support for parents, and those who work with children & young people, to work together more effectively, to guide and encourage children, and to continue being proactive in shaping their present and their futures.


The Best H.E.L.P. (Holistic Examples of Learned Practices) Book investigates and accounts from first-hand experience and interviews with experts & industry leaders, sat juxtaposed beside stories of hope & resilience and unsung heroics. At present, close to 60 practitioners from across a broad spectrum have contributed to her findings. 


The Best H.E.L.P. Book is the convergence of nearly 1860 years of work, research and co-operation by individuals, groups, and organisations. This book is a living embodiment of an old African Proverb: "It takes a village to raise a child."


News &


  • Releasing The Butterfly Within
    Hilton London Kensington
    Jul 22, 2017, 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
    Hilton London Kensington, 179-199 Holland Park Ave, Kensington, London W11 4UL, UK
    As part of an ongoing 10 Year Anniversary Celebration, Charity founder, and author, Kemi Folarin presents "Releasing the Butterfly Within" (RTBW); a classy, women's only event chocked full of Motivation, Inspiration, Practical Activities (including vision board workshops), and High Tea
  • Book Launch
    Leilani Restaurant & Ashanti Lounge Bar
    Jun 29, 2017, 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Leilani Restaurant & Ashanti Lounge Bar, 14 Lavender Hill, Clapham, London SW11 5RW, UK
    Join us for the book launch of Kemi Folarin's debut book The Best HELP Book (Holistic Examples of Learned Practice) and for a personalised signed copy of the book pre-order.


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