The One People Commission and South Asian Forum (initiatives of the Evangelical Alliance) will be hosting a free online webinar for young adult leaders aged 18 – 30 to learn and explore opportunities surrounding employment, entrepreneurship and mentoring.

Our aim is to teach, encourage and equip you with useful tools to explore these topics in more depth as well as signpost you towards relevant resources.

We will be joined by our two speakers, Josh Babarinde who was one of the social innovators on the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs list and Ruth Yimika Afolabi Founder & CEO of Magnify, who have successfully trailed the paths of employment into entrepreneurship, keeping a good balance between both. In addition, we will also be joined by two contributors who will practically demonstrate their journeys.

Why this theme

The economic effect of the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic rippled into a cost-of-living crisis, affecting many young adults.

The impact of the cost-of-living crisis in the UK has only heightened financial difficulty, unemployment and struggles with poor mental health, particularly amongst this generation of young adults.

Our speakers

Ruth Yimika Afolabi

Founder & CEO, Magnify Collective

Josh Babarinde, OBE

(Forbes under 30 Social Entrepreneurs 2019)

Ruth Yimika Afolabi
Founder & CEO, Magnify Collective

Ruth Yimika Afolabi is the Founder & CEO of a women’s media brand called Magnify’, a global platform and network focused on empowering ambitious women of faith.

Launched in 2009, initially as a one-off event at Durham University, Magnify’ has evolved into a global platform and network focused on empowering ambitious women of faith. Through regular digital content, events and a print magazine, Magnify has a community of almost 25,000 women based in cities from London to Lagos to Los Angeles and beyond. Through these platforms Magnify has had the privilege of interviewing people of faith from every sphere of life as to how their work, relationships and faith intersect.

Prior to going full time at Magnify, Ruth previously worked for L’Oreal and Burberry. Ruth has been featured in The Huffington Post, BBC, Channel 4, Marie Claire and the Mail On Sunday in recognition of her work as an influential woman redefining faith for her generation. Ruth lives in London with her husband and their daughter.

Josh Babarinde OBE

Josh is a community campaigner, social entrepreneur and former youth justice worker from Eastbourne, Sussex. Josh founded Cracked It, London’s social enterprise smartphone repair service, staffed by young ex-offenders. Cracked It was named UK Social Enterprise of the Year by the Centre for Social Justice (2018) and the Evening Standard (2019).

In 2020 – when he was 26 – the Queen awarded Josh an OBE for services to criminal justice, social enterprise and the economy. Josh was elected to Eastbourne Borough Council in May 2021, becoming the Council’s first councillor of Black heritage. He has also since been actively involved in his community, working as the head of entrepreneurship delivery at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, supporting hundreds of innovative changemakers across the globe to start and grow businesses that will empower communities – and change the world!

Event details

Date: Saturday, 10 June 2023
Time: 11am – 1pm
Location: Online on Zoom

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