Working class young people should be seen, heard and leading change.
Ruth Ibegbuna is the founder and CEO of 'RECLAIM', an award-winning social action and youth leadership programme with a focus on working class young people being seen, heard and leading change. RECLAIM supports the young people across Greater Manchester from working class communities. The project has worked with over 850 young people from across the region. Prior to this, Ruth was a senior teacher in a South Manchester state school and supported young people in obtaining some of the best GCSE results in the country, for 3 consecutive years.
Ruth was named Manchester Peace Activist of the Year 2008 and received the Manchester City Council Women's award for Outstanding Contribution 2009. She was a member of the HLF Communities Sieff award for best collaboration with business to benefit society. In 2016, Ruth was listed in The Sunday Times as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK, and was also listed by Virgin and Ashoka as one of the top six female change makers internationally.
Ruth was a member of the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour. The Commission brought forward strategic proposals for the sustainable reform of relevant services for children and young people, including the youth justice system. She was a 2013 Clore Social Fellow and is an Ashoka UK Fellow. Her book, 'On Youth', showcases the stories of five RECLAIM alumni.