Imani Clough

Character Educator, Facilitator, and Coach in Birmingham, UK

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Imani Clough (she/her) is the Director of Imani Academy Ltd - a creative youth consultation and participation enterprise.

Imani has 10 years of experience in the youth/education sector, in pastoral leadership, social care practice & community engagement. It is here that Imani realised the limitations/damage being caused to young people, families & communities, because of reactive responses to complex issues. She decided to take a more innovative approach to addressing these shortcomings, and explore the root causes of social problems and structures that cause systems to behave the way they do.

As a Freelance Social justice Facilitator, Character Educator and Coach, she uses philosophy for children and the character education framework to bring educators and children and young people together; to explore, discuss and take action on social justice issues.

Imani has a degree in Youth Justice and Masters in Character Education. Her work encompasses many strands of creative direction and is informed by a wide range of trauma informed practices, educational philosophy and youth participatory principles.

What is she currently doing...

Act Build Change Coach and Learning Co-ordinator

Hosting a 6-month Learning Marathon Education for Liberation.

HundrED ambassador, amplifying & supporting purpose driven innovations in education.

Curating a downloadable practical handbook: Mentoring through character education for The University of Birmingham – Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues.

Facilitating a series of workshops and bespoke youth participation consultation groups with Secondary aged pupils in Birmingham and Care Experienced young people in the South West, with a focus on Fitting in and Belonging.

Imani also coaches young adults at transitional points in education, training and employment and practitioners in social care, arts and culture sector and social justice organisations. She supports groups and individuals to reflect on their approach and practice, so they have the confidence to lead on high impact initiatives at their place or space - empowering them to work in line with their values and challenge the status quo. Some of her clients: Just for Kids Law, Sony Music Interns, Grapevine, Comics Youth CIC.

You can click the button above to listen to a podcast about Imani, character education and her work. If you’d like to get in touch, explore coaching - feel free to say hello through any of the social links below.

  • Work
    • Freelance (Imani Academy)
  • Education
    • University of Birmingham
Testimonials
I worked with Imani on the Character Education and Mentoring Practical Handbook. It was great to work with Imani and bring her unique perspective across both areas to bear on the publication. It’s a great output and Imani was a pleasure to work with. It has been well-received by practitioners and should continue to be used in schools.
Aidan Thompson, Jubilee Centre for Character & virtues
Imani was a fantastic Partnerships Manager! She developed and led our educational partnerships strategy across the Midlands, working with local government, Multi-Academy Trusts, Universities and other charities and organisations to strengthen the youth social action offering in schools across the region. Imani was an absolute pleasure to work with and a well-respected member of the team.
Sophie Richardson Person-centred Director of Programmes and Ed' Partnership
I can't thank Imani enough for the work she has done with us this year. From facilitating a student voice project exploring belonging, to creating, delivering and evaluating a whole school staff training session on intersectionality and anti-racist practice, Imani has worked with expertise, calmness & professionalism and has helped us considerably.
Rebecca Tigue FRSA Head of School at University of Birmingham SCHOOL
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