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On 29th August 2018 we successfully raised £16,009 with 304 supporters in 70 days

You Make It urgently needs your support to continue transforming the life chances of young marginalised women from London.

by You Make It in London, Greater London, England

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. Our founding CEO, Asma Shah, set up You Make It from her kitchen table because she had experienced her own journey in overcoming barriers to achieve and felt compelled to help others do the same. 

If we do not raise £30,000 from you all, we risk closing our incredible charity in 2019. 

London is of course a wealthy city, but we work with women from some of the most deprived boroughs in the country who risk falling through the cracks without us. What we have achieved since our inception is incredible - of over 200 women we've recruited mostly from local job centres:

* Over 90% have stuck to our programmes;

82%of these have gone on to gain full time paid employment, work on their own creative start ups, or have accessed formal education; 

81% feel happier as a result of YMI;

* 82% feel more connected to a new professional and social network;

* 83% report BIG increases in their confidence because of what we offer them.

Based on employment outcomes and the holistic support and health services we provide for women, independent evaluators have calculated that per cohort we make a state saving of approximately £408,000 across a 3 year period. We currently run two cohorts each year.

Our success is down to us working with women from the inside out, focusing on development of self esteem, self awareness, and mental wellbeing as much as anything else. This approach is critical as we work with women who not only have to get ahead work wise, but who also have a range of personal issues to overcome, including a lack of confidence, self worth,  and struggles relating to depression often linked to previously undisclosed abuse, trauma and neglect. 

Our 6 month long programmes include 1-1 therapy,  deep and caring relationships with our small but perfectly formed YMI team of three, 1-1 mentoring, tailored and inspiring workshops that rotate around amazing venues traditionally outside of their reach, business start up experience and support, work placements matched to individual interests and aspirations for longer term work, and a truly inspiring graduation event. 

Please spend a moment reflecting on any privilege, luck and support you've had, and help out someone who needs their luck to change. With you funding onwards work in 2019, that can happen! 

Let the network of empowered young women grow. We've seen them leave us to do amazing things,  they've gone on to create jobs with their own start ups, they've become artists who actually earn from their creative talents, they've used their new found confidence and voices to set up their own life changing organisations dedicated to helping others. Basically they've made the VERY MOST of anything we've provided them access to and they've made the world just that bit better. 

Before you take a look at our amazing rewards, which include some fantastic experiences and products provided by not only our own women creatives, but all our partners at large, we'll leave you with this one quote from a graduate who emailed our founding CEO on International Women's Day:

You saw something in me long before I felt it and because of you, I value myself in a way that I could have never of imagined. You Make It unleashed the woman I was born to be, after the depression, poverty and thoughts of suicide locked her away. Getting out of the negative cycles isn't easy, but your idea that you continuously work on made me know that it is possible and I could never go back to being the mediocre me. You have birthed so many of us into women and helped us to find ourselves in this world that systematically tries to write us off. Thank you. You have not only changed my life but my son's, my family and friends and the many people I can inspire by just being. Nurture A Girl, Raise A Nation” 

Thank you for visiting our page - please don't let this all stop!

You Make It team

EXAMPLES OF OUR REWARDS:

 

The Natural Wine Tasting will take place on Thursday 22nd November (6-8pm) at The Shed (https://www.shedlondon.com/).

The Public Speaking Master Class with Beyonder will take place on Tuesday 18th September at 6pm (location TBC).

'Queens of Africa' Prints by artist Onyinye Iwu:

Examples of  previous work done by Arene Designs for Bespoke Water Colour Painting Reward: 

 

Photos of the Tommy Hilfiger Rewards:

T.H. Camera Bag 1

T.H. Camera Bag 2

T.H. Women Baseball Cap

T.H. Women Bomber (front) 

T.H. Women Bomber (back)

T.H. Women Wool Parka 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Thank you note

Thank you note from the YMI team.

£20 or more

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Intro to Yoga by Ellie Davison.

Ellie is a former YMI mentor. The class will be 90min and on 8th September at 3pm at Yoga Body Centre E5 0QJ. We will build a feeling of positive energy to carry us through the weekend and into Monday. We will start slowly with a warm up and breathing practice to quiet the mind before working through a sequence of postures to strengthen and centre the body. Finally we will take a journey through the chakras during a guided meditation.

£25 or more

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Prints 'Queens of Africa" by artist Onyinye Iwu

Onyinye Iwu is a 2013 YMI graduate. She is now a full time design educator and an illustrator. Her 'Queens of Africa' series aims to inspire young minds and create a discourse around representation and role models for young black women. She is passionate about literature, has designed over 10 book covers and is looking to soon release some books of her own. You can find her on Instagram @onichum

£30 or more

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Introduction to natural wine tasting class

Madeleine Horrigan, a friend of YMI, has worked in the wine industry for more than ten years, focusing on education and making wine fun and accessible. She is currently working towards her WSET Diploma in London and works in fine wine retail. Join Madeleine for an introduction to wine – a session on the fundamentals of wine tasting and appreciation.

£30 or more

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Samba drums class at Planet Drum Islington

Come learn and enjoy 60minutes of samba drums at Planet Drum Islington https://www.theplanetdrum.co.uk/team-building.html An opportunity supported by one of our YMI trustees.

£40 or more

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Baseball Pompom Women Cap - Tommy Hilfiger

One size fit all Cotton twill and corduroy Donated by PVH, who support YMI women

£50 or more

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Introduction to podcasting class

Take part in an interactive session hosted by Sumit Sharma and Chris Mitchell, a YMI mentor; creators of The Breaking Atoms Podcast, which was recently featured in Apple’s new and noteworthy section on iTunes. Sumit and Chris will be sharing tips on how to start your podcast on a budget, produce engaging content and cultivating your audience.

£50 or more

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Eyelash Extensions

Sada Cole is a YMI graduate who is now the proud owner of her very own business ‘Sada & Cole- Lash London’, a multi award winning premier Lash Clinic based near London’s financial district by Canary Wharf. The booking will have to be on a Wednesday.

£80 or more

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Framed prints by Mary Zreik - MHZDesigns

Mary is a YMI graduate. 'Gray Day' is silk piece of fabric that was designed to tell a story about people and connections. Its faded effect reflects the mood. 'Luminous Dance' is printed on polyester screen by artist herself. This piece is to lift up your mood and dance away in the sunlight. Part of an experimental piece. 'Scenes of Passion', experimental piece, two colours, is about life.

£90 or more

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Pai Facial by Skin and Sanctuary

Think your skin's too sensitive for a facial? This ultra-gentle but effective facial combines Soil Association certified and cruelty free products with techniques to calm and strengthen sensitive skin from the outside making them perfect for anyone - including those suffering from hypersensitivity. Pai Facials are also safe (and super relaxing) during pregnancy and breast feeding. A co-founder of Skin & Sanctuary is a former YMI business coach.

£100 or more

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Fur stole - Tommy Hilfiger

Red, white and blue. See photo in our project description. Donated by PVH, who support YMI women.

£115 or more

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Camera bag - Tommy Hilfiger

With an elegant chain strap, two zipped compartments and chequered-flag side panels, this camera bag mixes practicality with style. Highlights • Two zipped compartments • Chain strap • Faux leather shoulder piece • Chequered-flag print on side panels • Contrast piping at top and sides • Contrast zip pulls • 14.5 x 16.5 x 7.5cm Donated by PVH, who support YMI women.

£115 or more

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Pouch Handbag Tommy Hilfiger

This handbag is in the signature colours – perfect for a standout look. Chain strap 2.5 x 24.2 x 17.5cm Donated by PVH, who support YMI women,

£120 or more

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Introduction to MC-ing Class

Join hip-hop connoisseur and emcee K.I.N.E.T.I.K. for an exciting and empowering session to finally put pen to pad and start writing your own 16 bar rhymes. This is a great chance to let loose, and embrace your creativity through music! K.I.N.E.T.I.K. is a YMI mentor

£120 or more

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Iconic reversible tote bag - Tommy Hilfiger

This reversible tote comes with a matching zipped pouch and plenty of interior space for the bits and pieces you need every day. Highlights • Faux leather • Reversible • Matching detachable zipped pouch • Tommy Hilfiger logo ribbon on sides • Top handles • One metal keyring loop on handle • Tommy Hilfiger flag embossed on zipped pouch and front • 42.5 x 14 x 31.5cm • 100% polyurethane Donated my PVH, who support YMI women.

£150 or more

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Buffet and wine with the You Make It team

Come enjoy an Iranian-Pakistani-French homemade buffet by the YMI team members and natural wine at The Shed in Haggerston.

£150 or more

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Public speaking master class by Beyonder

Have you always wanted to be a confident public Speaker? Join award winning Spoken Word artist Beyonder and partake in an approach to public speaking that has transformed the lives of Professionals, Artists and the many talented women that YMI serves year in year out. The class will be from 6pm onwards on one weekday evening in September

£150 or more

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VIP tickets to YMI's next Graduation Ceremony

Come join us for drinks, awards, and a celebration of the successes and achievements of our latest cohort of women. The Graduation will be on Monday 12th November, near Old Spitalfields Market. Prosecco and Reception 6pm Speeches and Awards 6.30pm Drinks and Canapes 8pm Close 9pm Our donors will also have their names displayed during the Ceremony.

£150 or more

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CV and Interview surgery by Lizzy Reid - 1.5 hour

Lizzy Reid, a friend of YMI, brings with her 15 years experience in the recruitment industry across a variety of specialist markets in the UK, Europe and Asia. Lizzy has recruited from junior to senior and executive level roles over a broad range of vertical markets from hospitality to luxury fashion to finance, media and digital. Lizzy has strong relationships with a wide network of leading industry professionals and a track record of success.

£160 or more

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The Hydrafacial by Skin and Sanctuary

An award-winning, multi-step treatment that uses patented technology cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate and treat the skin. During the treatment dead skin cells and impurities are removed and skin is hydrated with antioxidants & peptides. This is our Clinic's most popular facial and the perfect choice for almost anyone looking to ensure healthy, radiant skin. Co founder of Skin and Sanctuary is a former YMI business coach.

£200 or more

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Women Wool Bomber - Tommy Hilfiger

Size S Gigi Hadid by Tommy Hilfiger Thermore Wool Bomber Colour: Black Iris and Red Donated my PVH, a learning support for our women.

£200 or more

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Feedback on first 5,000 words of your novel

Sharlene Teo is the bestselling author of Ponti, which won the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writer's Award and has been translated into eight languages. Sharlene delivers creative writing workshops to our women on YMI.

£200 or more

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Professional photo shoot by Ben Sage Photography

2h photo shooting + 1h of photo editing for single, couple or groups. Ben Sage is a London born and bred freelance photographer who has been successfully running his own photography business for the past 7 years specialising in product and interiors photography. He also photographed a lot of events and portraiture. He is also our YMI photographer! www.bensagephotography.com

£250 or more

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Women Wool Parka - Tommy Hilfiger

Size S Gigi Hadid Wool Winter Parka by Tommy Hilfiger Color: Grape Leaf. Donated by PVH, a learning support for our women.

£250 or more

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Signed boxing gloves by Anthony Joshua

Signed boxing gloves by boxing world champion Anthony Joshua. We don't know AJ but Roxi knows his sports therapist - so there's the link!

£250 or more

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The WOW Facial by Skin and Sanctuary

The WOW Facial® inc 90 minutes and 6 stages of the most advanced skincare technologies, carefully designed and meticulously ordered. It permeates the skin with succinic acid which detoxes whilst kick starting collagen and elastin production. The skin is then subjected to LED light therapy, and finished with an infusion of vitamins, peptides and hyaluronic acid. Co-founder of Skin and Sanctuary has been a YMI business coach.

£400 or more

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Bespoke watercolour landscape painting

Syeda Hussain is a watercolour artist who creates detailed and colourful paintings of natural and urban landscapes. She likes to capture the feel and vibe of places in a specific moment. She also graduated from You Make It in 2018. I can paint what will be commissioned in September and November.

£500 or more

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Vintage Cars Day

Classic Cars Club offers a day for two people to try out 5 different classic cars on a nice route with a good pub stop for lunch, starting from central London - near Old street. Booking will be via the club and will subject to dates this type of event is being run. Calendar: http://www.classiccarclub.co.uk/classic-car-driving-experiences A YMI trustee has sorted this one!

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