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About us

Founded in 2008, but becoming active in 2013, Proud to be me is a social enterprise that exists to empower, educate and help young people between the ages of 13 – 25 from less privileged backgrounds by providing them with opportunities they may not have otherwise received. Proud to be me aims to make a positive difference to the lives of these young people and nurture them into adulthood by creating opportunities for them to increase their self-esteem levels and general well-being through coaching, mentoring and training; thereby empowering them to make better decisions and develop into confident and informed young people.

Proudtobeme exists to support and encourage young people to embrace themselves, their work, skills, abilities, leadership, decision making and influencing skills, both now and in the future.

We aim to support the increasing number of young people who are affected by the debilitating effects of low self-esteem /aspirations and the overall effects of low economic and social disadvantage, and structural racism which can impact upon the lives of young people.

So far, in 2019/20 we have supported more than 300 girls and young women. We aim to tackle low self-esteem, low well-being and lack of confidence so that young people can get more out of life

About Lola

I’m Lola Owolabi and I’m Proud To Be Me.
We can help you be Proud To Be You!”

I created proudtobeme (PTBM) on the founding belief that everyone is born with their own gift or talent. I am passionate about the potential of women and girls, especially their destiny and purpose. Low self-esteem and lack of confidence can be a big barrier to people reaching their full potential.

Lola Owolabi has extensive and varied experience working within the community. Her portfolio ( she wears a lot of hats!) spans many disciplines including social enterprise; mentoring and coaching; event planning; women’s charities (board member, executive and trusteeship); financial advice; fashion and lifestyle retail; school governorship, and magistrate duties (Bench Chairman).

Vision

We envision a world where every young person, regardless of background, is empowered to reach their full potential through tailored support, fostering equality, and nurturing essential skills for a thriving future.

Mission 

  • Provide personalized mentoring, coaching, and bespoke programs to address the distinct needs of young people worldwide.
  •  Break down barriers to ensure every young person, regardless of background, realizes their full potential through impactful mentoring initiatives.

  • Create a dynamic platform for nurturing creativity, leadership, entrepreneurship, and employability skills among global youth.

  • Foster healthy well-being and confidence-building specifically tailored for young people in the UK and Nigeria.

  • Amplify youth voices and empower them to make positive leadership contributions to their communities.

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Our learners' verbatim

Hi, Thank you so much for the sessions. I have really enjoyed them and look forward to them every day.
Phoebe Onduku
Student
“This year we saw a spike in our attendees. The girls were extremely engaged. The numbers stayed consistent throughout the boot camp, it felt like this was something they really needed.”
Deborah
Facilitator/Volunteer
I am glad the session was enjoyed and informative – it was a pleasure to be part of the ProudToBeMe bootcamp. The session was pleasant just like previous sessions I’ve facilitated for ProudToBeMe in person. Participants were willing to engage and get involved. They were curious too and lovely group
Angela
/ Facilitator for Nutritionist
I found the boot camp very productive and enlightening. It was an encouraging and informative week. Next time I think we should try different things. I loved that the ladies got to participate. I was thinking that maybe next time we can do a trip and maybe something outdoor.
Tumi
/ Student
I found proudtobeme very impactful because it gives you more details and tips on different lifestyle aspect and also it was fun, entertaining and interactive in general.
Folakemi
student
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