Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2013
Ruth Ibegbuna is the founder and CEO of RECLAIM, an award-winning youth intervention project, which supports teenagers across Greater Manchester, from areas of social instability. The tagline of the charity is 'Young people across Greater Manchester being seen, being heard and leading change'. RECLAIM has worked with nearly 900 young people from across the region who have been identified by their communities as being potential 'Changemakers'.
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 three consecutive years. Ruth works directly with young people across Manchester and has run several successful youth engagement projects with young people from a range of communities and cultural backgrounds.
Ruth was named Manchester Peace Activist of the Year 2008 and received the Manchester City Council Women's award for Outstanding Contribution 2009. Ruth was also recently awarded the 2011 Business in the Communities Sieff award for collaboration with business to benefit society.
Ruth was a member of the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour. The Commission brought forward strategic proposals for sustainable reform of relevant services for children and young people, including the youth justice system. Ruth is also an Ashoka UK Fellow.
Read Ruth's Fellowship research, On Youth.
Current principal role: Chief Executive and Founder
Current principal organisation: RECLAIM Project -
Other leadership role 1: Mentor to three start-ups
Research: On Youth (Youth, social exclusion and social injustice)
Research topics: Charity; Children and families;
Secondment host: Oasis School of Human Relations