Temi Mwale is a social entrepreneur, educator and activist committed to building resilience in communities and empowering the next generation to create change: locally, nationally and internationally. As Founding Director of The 4Front Project, Temi has dedicated herself to peace-building and describes herself as being “on a mission” to find, create and implement solutions to reduce violence globally. She is interested in generating systems that address community trauma and build resilience at both an individual and community level.
As an experienced public speaker, Temi uses platforms to both highlight the day to day struggles of marginalised communities and inspire grass-roots action to challenge and disrupt the systems that generate violence internationally. She’s received many awards for campaigning, social entrepreneurship, frontline work with young people and excellence in education.
Growing up on the Grahame Park Estate in North West London, it was Temi’s early experiences of injustice that formed her primary motivation to create change. Following the murder of her childhood friend, Marvin Henry, she was driven to stand for UK Youth Parliament, where she was elected at age 16 and began campaigning for increased provisions to address youth violence and for those closest to the issue to be given platforms to create change. She founded The 4Front Project in 2012 to raise awareness of the causes and solutions to violence and deliver interventions to support young people affected by violence.
In 2017, Temi received her Law degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science where she was a High Spen Scholar. During her studies, she sought to bridge the gap between the academic discourses and grassroots movements. Temi is passionate about fighting for racial equity and against the criminalisation of young people, mass incarceration and a range of other injustices within the criminal justice system. Temi has developed and delivered a series of legal education programmes designed to engage marginalised young people in citizenship and empower them to deliver social action campaigns.
Temi is interested in the way organisations and institutions engage with and involve young people as partners to co-develop strategies, programmes and services. In 2016 Temi was sought by UN WOMEN to consult on the youth strategy and implementation of the Sustainable Development goals. In 2017, Temi was one of 60 change makers from around the world, selected to participate in the 10th UNESCO Youth Forum. She was tasked to consider how UNESCO can support and amplify the voices of young people who are actively engaged in peace-building across the world. Temi presented these recommendations at the 39th UNESCO General Conference to representatives from across the world. In 2018, Temi was sought by the British Council in Mexico to consult on their "Building Movements, Tackling Violence" strategy.
Temi is a Winston Churchill Fellow and is currently producing and directing ‘Healing Violence - a search for global solutions to the international youth violence epidemic’. She seeks to stimulate conversations and connect the violence reduction community internationally. The project has involved individuals and communities affected by violence and organisations addressing violence in cities across the world. Temi is passionate about elevating individuals and communities by building platforms and using film, photography, music and other creative forms to capture and showcase their resilience.