A young woman who started a project to stop youth violence after her childhood friend was murdered has been named on an internationally-recognised power list.
Forbes magazine’s ‘30 Under 30’ names 300 young people who are making waves around the world in ten categories including business, technology and media.
Temi Mwale, who grew up on the Grahame Park estate, Colindale, was named among 29 other social entrepreneurs across Europe for her work as founder of the 4Front Project.
The 21-year-old started 4Front in 2012 after the murder of her friend Marvin Henry, who also grew up in Grahame Park and was shot just a month before his 18th birthday in 2010.
4Front is a youth-led social enterprise working to understand and reduce serious youth violence by empowering young people.
Also studying law at London School of Economics, Temi plans to run 4Front full time as CEO when she graduates later this year.
She said: “I am humbled to have made the list and to be recognised for making an impact through social entrepreneurship.
“Everything I do is in the memory of Marvin, but many more young lives have been lost since he was killed.
“I do believe we can end serious youth violence by addressing its root causes, such as trauma.
“I want to show young people anything is possible, don’t let where you come from determine where you are going.
“I grew up on a council estate just like you.”