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
Assessor (TAQA), Verifier
PTLLS, DTLLS Life Long Learning Sector
Toastmasters, Area Director, Gold Award
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 organisation, Young 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."