Dami Makinde, UK

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Dami Makinde is the Let Us Learn campaigner at Just for Kids Law, a UK NGO providing advocacy, support and assistance to young people in difficulty. An advocate for youth empowerment and access to education, Makinde helped launch the #YoungGiftedandBlocked campaign, calling for the creation of university scholarships and other allocated funds for migrants who are barred from accessing student financial aid in the U.K. due to their immigration status.

“I personally believe that in today’s society, young people who are going through particular circumstances are not given a platform to voice out their issues. I believe that professionals of different sectors usually take on that role. In order to create a generation of future leaders, young people should be given a safe space, handed the mic, and collaborate with others about how best to overcome what is happening in their societies.”