Ruth Ibegbuna is the Founder and CEO of RECLAIM, an award-winning youth leadership project supporting young people across Greater Manchester from areas of social instability. Prior to this, Ruth was a senior teacher in a South Manchester state school and supported young people in obtaining some of the best GCSE results in the country.
Ruth was named Manchester Peace Activist of the Year 2008 and received the Manchester City Council Women’s award for Outstanding Contribution 2009. Ruth was also awarded the 2011 national Business in the Communities Sieff award for ‘Best collaboration with business to benefit society’.
Ruth was a member of the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour. The 2 year ‘Salz’ Commission brought forward strategic proposals for the sustainable reform of relevant services for children and young people, including the youth justice system. Ruth was a North West committee member of the Heritage Lottery Fund for 3 years. She was a 2013 Clore Social Fellow and has recently been accepted as an Ashoka UK Fellow.
Ruth has recently written a book called ‘On Youth’ that profiles the lives of 5 RECLAIM participants and aims to challenge and reshape some of the services that exist to protect and safeguard young people when they need support the most.