Farah is a passionate social entrepreneur, with over five years experience of training people, managing volunteers and turning a social action campaign into a social enterprise. At You Press, Farah‘s team main activities involve training and developing young people’s talents through the creative arts and writing.
In the past Farah has been on a self-development journey to make him an effective leader for You Press and his community. This journey ranges from many international trainings and local scholarships. In 2012 Farah successfully completed a Post Graduate Diploma (FHEQ Level 7) in Law & Community Leadership at SOAS University and was awarded a Distinction grade.
Shahin was born and raised in South London. Coming from a background of mixed heritage, that being English and Bangladeshi, this has contributed to his appreciation for different ethnicities and cultures. After graduating in 2005, he worked within the private sector in Retail Management, where he quickly came to the realization that this sector, which is usually characteristic of a cut-throat culture, did not match his values and belief system. As a result, he crossed over to the public sector. Shahin has always had a strong entrepreneurial mind-set and played an active role in Business. This has led to him to starting up three businesses, including You Press. You Press has provided him the opportunity to empower young people.
Amir is an ambitious young man with an interest in youth leadership and a passion to help and teach young people. He has been an active supporter of You Press and joined the You Press team in 2015. Through his passion to make a positive contribution to the society, Amir has helped You Press to design and deliver inspirational projects that have included One Story, Our Voice, Voices of Redemption to name a few. In the past Amir has taught English as a second language in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) to young people (between ages of 11-16 years). Amir is multi-lingual and speaks Arabic, Dutch and Barawa. Amir is also an I.T Technician and in his spare time, he enjoys travelling and meeting different people from all walks of life.
Lloyd is a rapper, singer and song writer. His passion is creativity with substance and uniqueness. He fully endorses individuality under the premise of "unity in diversity". Lloyd has enjoyed working on the first You Press project (One Story, Our Voice) as a participant who was homeless at the time, where he was given the opportunity to share his story of being homeless. Since that time he has seen himself grow immensely in the realm of personal confidence and humility. Through his passion and active involvement in the You Press projects, he was inspired to contribute to society by joining the You Press team as the Creative Arts Project Manager with one goal in mind - "to help" - in any way possible through inspiring others and by managing the creative arts projects (locally, nationally and internationally).
Najm is a recent Business and Economics graduate who has found that his interests lie in humanitarian work and helping the world become a better place. He has worked with marginalised young people, the homeless, ex-offenders and most recently, refugees, where he co-founded "I, Too, Am Human“, a campaign that uses photography to dehumanise refugees in Europe. Najm is You Press’ Project & Engagement Facilitator. By supporting You Press, Najm has had the chance to see and learn a side to enterprise that he has always looked for, but has never been taught in his education - a side where the aim is not profit or net worth, but rather the empowerment of people and the ability to change lives for the better.
Merium is a teacher of English and Maths, and also the founder of CakeFace Makeup. CakeFace Makeup is a dynamic lifestyle and beauty brand which has a unique approach. It aims to use creative and exciting techniques in all things beauty, education and business. She strongly believes in empowerment and defining own standards of success. She strives to enhance both inner and outer beauty in a fast-moving and ever-changing world. She also uses her brand as an uplifting tool to reach out to women around the world and to educate and inspire communities.
Merium has actively supported You Press and has joined the You Press Team as the Creative Development Leader. With this position Merium supports You Press to reach and engage diverse communities in London. She also develops and guides our participants, artists and volunteers to achieve their goals and reach their potential.
Aneel is You Press’ Networking & Community Development Consultant. With this position Aneel supports You Press with his expertise in Networking and Community Development. In conjunction with this position Aneel has also taken the role of a mentor for our participants and volunteers development and growth.
Professionally Aneel is a Biomedical Scientist who trained clinically as a nurse and specialises in Oral Health Education. His ambition is to become a qualified orthodontic surgeon. Apart from his professional ambitions, Aneel is a social entrepreneur at heart. His passion and enthusiasm has gained him numerous scholarships around the globe and he is a fellow at the school of social entrepreneurs. Over the years Aneel has become a networking professional and an accomplished Community Development Consultant for many organisations. Aneel’s passion lie within the medical field and achieving change through social innovation.
Hardy D. Saleh
Hardy is a London-based film director and artist. He discovered a passion for filmmaking while still in school but a gift for academia saw him read for a degree in mechanical engineering. He has since produced a number of personal short-form documentary pieces and has several more at advanced stages of post-production. He is also an active freelancer working across a variety of media from film and photography to graphic and web design. Hardy is an active supporter of several charitable organisations including The Big Draw, WebRoots Democracy and UpRising, the youth leadership charity.
Hardy has recently joined the You Press team as the Creative Output Lead producing and consulting on the full range of multimedia output for You Press as well as working as a film consultant and workshop facilitator.
Aimee is a talented photographer with a great passion and a steady focus for life, for social justice and for the true beauty of the world. Rejoicing each new day that brings a new opportunity. She began her photography journey in 2010 and through hard work, she now specialises in; photographing, documentary, events, nature, portraits, travel and weddings. Throughout her work, love, passion and wonder, she has embraced many cultures and she energetically loves working with diverse peoples (communities) and environments. She blossoms in creativity, drawing inspiration and paying close attention to the movements and details of all life.
Since 2014 Aimee has been an active supporter of You Press and has produced incredible project photographs that have had positive impact on diverse communities. Aimee is You Press’ Photographer and she is keen to support You Press to achieve its vision and mission to empower people to find their voice and be heard through writing and creative arts.
Chris is You Press’ filmmaker, leading on the project videos, films and documentaries. He has a deep interest in the natural world and human stories. His work is mostly in the visual medium, namely film and photography. Chris likes to create work that gives the viewer the opportunity to let their imagination and knowledge inform what they see. He has worked in the visual arts for the past 4 years and he is continuing to hone his style. Chris is especially fond of documentary as he feels it is the most powerful form of telling real stories.
Julius joined the You Press team as a volunteer in 2015, when You Press had a blog that limited our capacity to communicate our projects. Since then Julius has joined the You Press team as our Website Designer. This role involves managing the website brand, content, features and designs for all our projects and services.