Olivia Bowman

Young Parents Advocate

Olivia graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2016 with a degree in English Literature. While studying, she led the university branch of Students Supporting Street Kids, an international funds and awareness raising organisation supporting NGOs working with street children worldwide. She also travelled to Northern India for two months to facilitate drama workshops with young people at a range of different NGOs and government shelters. Since graduating, Olivia has worked as a Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant in a primary school, and has undertaken the Charityworks Graduate Scheme, where she was placed as a Communications Officer for Spotlight, a creative youth service in Poplar, East London. As part of the scheme she undertook two research projects, one exploring the ways in which Spotlight could improve youth participation and engagement to the creative programmes, and the other interrogating the terms used to refer to young people in the youth justice system. After sitting behind a desk for a year, Olivia realised this wasn’t for her, and joined Just for Kids Law as an Advocacy Year trainee youth advocate. In July 2019, she took up the role of Young Parents Advocate.