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You Make It

You Make It is a holistic, empowerment programme for young marginalised, unemployed and underemployed women to enable them to claim a right to their city and become active in the cultural, social and economic life of it. We work with women from the inside out, giving them the skills, confidence and networks to pursue their dreams.

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Registered charity no. 1158572

Member since July 2018

Latest News

We've launched our new online programme!

We've launched our new online programme!

On Monday 18th May we launched our brand new online programme with 20 incredible young women who'll be embarking on an inspirational 12 week journey with us. Our new online service provides access to creative workshops, guest talks, mentoring, therapy and much more so that young unemployed women have the tools to prioritise their wellbeing, grow their confidence and realise their full potential. We’re incredibly proud that in this ever isolating situation of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, we’re still able to support those that need it the most.

Read our CEO Asma Shah's interview with Rich Mix

Read our CEO Asma Shah's interview with Rich Mix

As part of their Raised @ Rich Mix season our CEO & Founder, Asma Shah is interview by the East London cultural venue which is one of our longtime collaborators. Asma discusses how You Make It grew from an idea that began at her kitchen table 9 years ago into an award-winning women's empowerment organisation, and why we're needed now more than ever:

“The work we do at You Make It is about direct intervention in the lives of young women who’ve wrongly been overlooked because of issues around race and class, not just gender. Our work is all about making sure they’re able to feel the power and potential within themselves and are able to get to where they want to be in life."

Read the full interview here.

Architects of Meritocracy - In London, women from all walks of life are taking back their ‘right to the city’

Architects of Meritocracy - In London, women from all walks of life are taking back their ‘right to the city’

We are incredibly proud to have our work featured in the Financial Times recent 'Architects Of Meritocracy' supplement, published on 7th December 2017.

"It was anger at inequality in London that drove Asma Shah to found You Make It. The first years of her life were turbulent, her mother fleeing a violent marriage and taking Ms Shah and her three sisters with her. “We were in a refuge, then we were brought up on a council estate and went to a terrible school,” she says.

Despite that, Ms Shah, who has held management positions at Channel 4, the Roundhouse and Creative Skillset, always believed she would go to university and get a good job. Yet, she says, many black and Asian working class women lack self-confidence and a sense of a “right to the city”.

Eighty per cent of the programme’s graduates are in work or further education. “It is about giving tools for employment but that is secondary,” she says. “We address the stuff that really holds us back — [having] no confidence and no networks.”

Our charity was built on our CEO's strong values and vision for change. Six years on, these attributes remain integral to our work as we continue to empower women to claim a right to their city."

You can read the full article online here

Or read the PDF Here.