MEET LAW student and CEO of the 4Front project Temi Mwale, who is working to end youth violence.
The 20-year-old was named one of Britain’s top black students for juggling campaign work such as supporting the family of Mark Duggan, who was shot dead by a police marksman in 2011, with her legal studies.
For her efforts, the north Londoner has received a Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Award, David Cameron’s Points of Light Award and named Peacemaker of the Year.
Temi started 4Front project in her teens after seeing friend Marvin Henry shot dead in 2010.
“I represented Barnet in the UK Youth Parliament in 2012 and made a documentary to raise awareness about the issues, before founding Get Outta The Gang (later renamed 4Front Project),” she told ASOS Magazine.
“We challenge misconceptions of youth violence and support young people. We’ve rebranded to The 4Front Project, as a lot of youth violence isn’t actually gang-related.”
Temi and her team run workshops in schools and youth centres, helping with everything from rebuilding family relationships to attending court.
“We’re from the same background, so trust builds quickly. To moblise communities, we attend protests and hold vigils,” she said.
“Educate yourself. Violence is like a disease that people can be cured of. We should take responsibility.”