Meet our staff
Talia Kensit, Managing DirectorTalia 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"
Shanice Sewell, Youth Support WorkerMy name is Shanice and one of my favourite things to do is to LAUGH! I love to cheer other people up through the power of laughter.
I'm a Youth Support Worker and Programme Facilitator at Youth Realities, and one of my biggest passions is acting, which I studied from the age of 13.
Working at Youth Realities is such a fascinating, ever growing journey & because I believe heavily in female justice and equality, this is the perfect place for me to be!
Bárbara Martinez, Youth Support WorkerBárbara, originally from Argentina, is a theatre facilitator by training and joined us in September 2020.
"I am a Youth Support Worker and Programme Coordinator. 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"
Katie O'Neill, Youth Support WorkerKatie, our newest member of the team, is a Youth Support Worker, currently leading our Youth Coordinator's programme.
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.
Sophie Ogunniyi, Assistant Youth WorkerMy 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.
Odette Mifele, Deepin Dance CoachMy 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!
Meet our Trustees
Sara Kirkpatrick, TrusteeI 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.
Neil Meyrick, Trustee and TreasurerNeil 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.
Pooja Sitpura, TrusteePooja 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.
Stella Sookun, TrusteeAs a mental health professional Stella's therapeutic work with young people is attachment focused, trauma aware and creatively minded.
Stella is passionate about empowering young girls and women to recover from traumatic experiences. She want to change the lack of an 'emotional education' in our society and being a Trustee at Youth Realities has given her the opportunity to contribute to how services for young female survivors of violence are user centred, specialist, creative and hopeful.
We'd love to work with you! Collaboration is key as it is all our jobs to #EndYouthDomesticAbuse.
Get in contact below or call 07551 022 824 between 10:00 - 19:00 Monday - Friday.