Rukaiya smiling outside

Rukaiya Jeraj

Head of Programmes

What is your motivation for working at UpRising?

Having the privilege of observing our participants grow and develop into young leaders during their time on our programme...and the office bants!

What were you doing before you worked at UpRising?

Before joining UpRising, Rukaiya spent nine years at the Muslim Youth Helpline as the Head of Advocacy working on the key objectives for the Advocacy Department, which included: engaging and empowering young people, influencing policy through the creation and dissemination of research reports and capacity building other third sector organisations.

Rukaiya is a strong advocate on diversity issues with experience in undertaking service user consultation, developing policy and designing practical tool-kits for implementation in the public and voluntary sectors. She has participated in international delegations of the Foreign & Commonwealth Organisation to Iran and Singapore, sharing good practise and delivering training. She has also lectured at the University of Brighton on the role of creative writing in the virtual domain.

Rukaiya is passionate about the arts including poetry, drama and contemporary fashion. She is a graduate in English Literature and Language from the University of Brunel and holds a postgraduate in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex.  

What is one piece of advice you would give your 18 year old self?

Stay curious! And it's never too late to pursue something new.