Your Own Place
Rebecca White is the Director and Founder of Your Own Place.
As a qualified secondary school teacher with years of experience working with homeless young people as well as care-leavers and young people leaving custody, Rebecca exemplifies the successful combination of operational, strategic and business experience.
What really drives Rebecca is social inequality. By the roll of a dice a person’s life chances are dramatically altered. Homelessness is just one manifestation of this and until young people have equality of opportunity Rebecca will work tirelessly to champion disadvantaged young people.
Rebecca volunteers as an Enterprise Adviser with Great Yarmouth College. Newly constituted social enterprise Empanda have also invited Rebecca to be a non-executive director on their Board.
What do you love most about the work you do?
The bit I love most is undoubtedly working directly with young people. In twenty years they have never failed to surprise and remind me of why they are worthy of the best possible service we can give them.
Who inspires you?
The young people inspire me – their resilience and trust in the face of so many challenges is incredible.
What would be your 3 top tips to someone looking to do what you do?
1) Plan and have systems for growth.
2) Trust your gut.
3) Be prepared to walk away.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Biggest achievement is our breadth of supporters and champions. So many partners have got behind us.