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Integrate UK

Integrate UK is a youth-led charity that invests in the skills and talents of marginalised, socio-economically challenged young people to nurture future leaders who promote our vision of gender and racial equality and community cohesion. From a local voluntary group co-founded in 2009 with a small group of girls, we have grown to a national, multi award winning charity that is increasingly run by representatives from the groups with whom we work: most staff are from our target communities and four our six trustees are from racialised backgrounds, including the Chair.

Our approach to achieving our ambitious vision is multifold, focussing on tackling the ongoing inequalities associated with race and gender, including access, participation, attainment, discrimination and all forms of violence and abuse against women and girls. At the same time, we provide platforms and opportunities for minoritised young people to counter divisive rhetoric and advocate for themselves outside the echo chamber amongst the audiences that most fear and mistrust them and to form positive relationships with peers who have had little or no contact with people of colour. Many of the issues they address are controversial, including Islamophobia & racism, honour-based abuse (HBA), FGM and sexual harassment and assault.

They share their messages widely through powerful media resources and change their communities through youth-led Equalities Councils we establish in their schools. Our young activists over the age of 16 who become Outreach Workers use their media resources and lesson plans to deliver peer education workshops and teacher training nationally.

Many of our young people have won prestigious awards, including Woman of The Year, Living Islam award, an honorary doctorate of laws, 5 x Diana awards and many more. Integrate UK was a runner up in the Glaxo Smith Kline awards 2022.

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