Ruth Ibegbuna

Author: Leonor de Alwis

Ruth Ibegbuna, founder and CEO of RECLAIM, an award-winning youth leadership programme which works with the young people from the working-class communities across Grand Manchester. RECLAIM aims to have the young people being heard, being seen and leading change. RECLAIM has transformed the lives of over 750 young people, who in turn have mobilized 25’000 local community members.


Ruth used to teach in a state school located in South Manchester, she managed to have her students achieve some of the best GCSE results in the whole of England for 3 consecutive years.


Ruth has been awarded numerous awards such as the Manchester Peace Activist of the Year, Manchester City Council Women’s Award for Outstanding Contribution in 2009, National Business in the Communities Sieff Award for best collaboration with business to benefit society in 2011, she was listed by Virgin and Ashoka as one of the top 6 changemakers internationally, and in 2016 Ruth was in The Sunday Times’s 500 most influential people in the UK.


In the past, Ruth was a member of the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour. The goal of the commission was to create proposals for the sustainable reform of relevant services for children and young people. She used to be a Clore Social Fellow (2013) as well as an Ashoka UK Fellow. Moreover, Ruth was a part of the HLF (Heritage Lottery Fund) North West committee for 3 years. Lastly, Ruth has written a book titled “On Youth” which showcases the stories of five RECLAIM Alumni.


“We need to make sure we are allowing access and routes in for talented young people to feel that they can play a part, no matter if they are on a country estate or a council estate. If they are talented and have ideas that they can play a part in shaping this country.”


Event: London Peace Talks 2016

Location: City Hall

Date: 03/11/2016

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