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Meet our staff

Talia Kensit, Founder & CEO
Talia Kensit, Founder & CEO

Talia founded Youth Realities aged 19, in response to abuse she experienced in a teenage relationship. Talia grew up locally in Colindale, and with her own experience of permanent school exclusion, she is passionate about inclusive education and is currently studying an MA in Women & Child Abuse. "I believe everybody can live life free from abuse. Everybody deserves freedom and safety. We must do better for our young people & centre their experiences to make long term change"

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Bárbara Martinez, DSL, IDYPVA & Senior Youth Worker
Bárbara Martinez, DSL, IDYPVA & Senior Youth Worker

Bárbara, originally from Argentina, is a theatre facilitator by training and joined us in September 2020. "I am the Senior Youth Worker, DSL and qualified IDYPVA. Outside of Youth Realities I enjoy activities such as crochet, dancing, Muay Thai, reading, cooking, baking and puppetry! Working at Youth Realities has given me the chance to actively work towards the feminist future I have always believed in by working with our young people to help them reach their fullest, healthiest potential"

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Sophie Ogunniyi, IDYPVA & Youth Support Worker
Sophie Ogunniyi, IDYPVA & Youth Support Worker

My name is Sophie, I was raised in London and I’m a proud British Nigerian. I’m passionate about young people, poetry and entertaining people through presenting and creating content. I believe that all young people deserve to have safe and healthy relationships and have control over their own lives. Working at Youth Realities allows me to work towards ending teenage relationship abuse and contribute towards teaching young people about healthy relationships, healing and empowerment.

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Katie O'Neill, Youth Support Worker
Katie O'Neill, Youth Support Worker

Katie is a Youth Support Worker, offering creative 1:1 Support to young women. Katie is a poet, a feminist, a mental health campaigner and a social justice activist. Katie is a creative facilitator by training and uses various creative mediums to approach the work she does.

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Aoife Beaumont Howell, Youth Worker
Aoife Beaumont Howell, Youth Worker

Aoife joined the Youth Realities family working on the film project this year. Aoife has worked in the UK and Ireland as a performance art facilitator with young people of all ages. Aoife holds a BA HONS in Acting for Stage and Screen. Aoife also has experience working in wellbeing management roles in an educational setting. Aoife believes in the power of creativity as a tool for self exploration and expression. Aoife feels that a big part of her role is to empower young people.

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Kenny Shaw, Youth Worker
Kenny Shaw, Youth Worker

Kenny Shaw has been supporting young people for over 20 years, managing youth provisions across London. Kenny is a rap artist and also hosts a podcast, featuring people from creative industries. He established the Shed Music Project in Camden in 2002, showcasing the talents of young people. I enjoy supporting young people through their life journey, enabling them to recognise their own unique qualities and amazing potential.

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Betsy Robertson, Creative Support Worker
Betsy Robertson, Creative Support Worker

Betsy is our newest team member, joining as our Creative Support Worker. She is a theatre maker and forum theatre facilitator. She has spent time with organisations abroad and in the UK, researching the transformative impact of the arts. In the last few years, Betsy has completed an MA in Collaborative Theatre Making and has been working with young people from various international communities.

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Odette Mifele, Deepin Dance Coach
Odette Mifele, Deepin Dance Coach

My name is Odette Mifele, I am the Deepin Dance coach here at Youth Realities. I am a professional dancer and have been for the last 5 years. Some of my credits include Wizkid, Steff London, Krept & Konan, FIFA’20 & Street dance the movie (and of course Youth Realities). Out of everything dance related I do, teaching, choreographing, performing and fitness, I definitely enjoy teaching the most as I love passing on knowledge to others and seeing the group learn and exceed!

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Meet our Trustees

Tony Lewis, Chair of Trustees
Tony Lewis, Chair of Trustees

Tony has more than 15 years’ experience working with children and youth services. He is currently responsible for partnership safeguarding and child protection arrangements within Barnet and more recently served as CEO of an Unitas Youth Zone. Tony is passionate about delivering positive outcomes, tackling social disadvantage and improving social mobility, in hope that his young daughter can grow up in a world where she knows she can be whoever she wishes to be!

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Roslyn Adonteng, Trustee
Roslyn Adonteng, Trustee

Roslyn has six years’ experience supporting young people both in the public and private sector after graduating in Youth and Community Work. Roslyn strongly believes in empowering and supporting the next generation, especially young women, to become the best versions of themselves. She has managed to make a tremendous difference in supporting young people with employment and crime, managed youth projects and worked in partnership with organisations such as Princes Trust, Barclays and Arsenal.

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Sara Kirkpatrick, Trustee
Sara Kirkpatrick, Trustee

I am delighted to be a Trustee at an organisation whose goals align so much with my own, having worked to challenge violence against women and girls for over 25 years. While much of my work has been with older adults, every single one of them was once a young person who would have benefited so much from a service which was designed for them.  In my day job I am CEO of Welsh Women's Aid, a Trustee of the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) coalition and a Lecturer at Winchester University.

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Neil Meyrick, Trustee and Treasurer
Neil Meyrick, Trustee and Treasurer

Neil is a chartered accountant with nearly 20 years of experience in finance. In 2020, Neil started his own business supporting charities and social enterprises in managing their finances.   Neil is passionate about improving the world his two young daughters will inherit. "Youth Realities - created by a young woman who saw a problem and developed an organisation to address it - gives me hope for the future!"   Neil, alongside family time, is an avid chef, and enjoys sailing and swimming.

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Pooja Sitpura, Trustee
Pooja Sitpura, Trustee

Pooja is a facilitator and creative producer currently working at the National Theatre. Pooja’s work is rooted in participation and is dedicated to using creative learning as a tool to develop agency and wellbeing. Specialising in diversity, inclusion and access, Pooja also delivers training to support organisations in being inclusive and anti-racist. Pooja was keen to support Youth Realities as she believes healthy teenage relationships result in more fulfilling and fruitful lives.

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