Jasmine Draxler

Jasmine is the Foundation Manager at The Early Careers Foundation – a new social mobility charity which aims to improve the life outcomes of young people from less advantaged backgrounds, by equipping them with the skills, confidence and inspiration they need to successfully progress on to a diverse range of fulfilling commercial career paths. Jasmine is a care-leaver, an experienced youth worker and a passionate advocate for young people from under-represented backgrounds.

Jasmine is dedicating her life to raising the aspirations of young people and instilling the belief in them that they can achieve whatever they want in life, irrespective of their background or the start they have had in life. During her time in care, very few adults believed in her ability to succeed. She was forced to attend a school run by the children’s home she lived in, which only taught Maths and English at a level far below the national curriculum. Jasmine knew she wanted to attend a top university and was determined that the circumstances she was in would not stop her from achieving what she wanted in life. She began teaching herself her GCSE’s aged just 12 and achieved A*AAA in Year 8.

In 2015, Jasmine achieved her dream – she was admitted to King’s College London to study a Psychology BSc. In 2019, she graduated receiving the Dean’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement for achieving the second highest mark in her cohort. She was also nominated for the King’s College London Wellington Undergraduate of the Year Award, an award given to “an outstanding student in the year of their graduation, who has demonstrated huge potential for the future.” Since then Jasmine has held numerous roles supporting young people including representing the voices of looked after children as the Participation Officer for the London Borough of Bromley, being a coordinator in the Social Mobility Division at King’s College London, a teaching assistant in a Pupil Referral Unit and a mentor to Year 9 boys in Northumberland Park School in Tottenham. She is an active campaigner and advocate for reform to the care system and has met with Lords and MPs to share her experiences and deliver key asks on campaigns including the over-criminalisation of children in care.

In her new role as Foundation Manager of The Early Careers Foundation, she aims to improve the life outcomes of thousands of young people from less-advantaged backgrounds across the UK. The Foundation will deliver three initiatives which aim to raise young people’s aspirations, confidence and equip them with the tools, knowledge and exposure they need to succeed in their career. The initiatives include a large-scale mentoring programme and a gamified virtual learning platform which will teach young people about the wide range of commercial career paths that exist today as well as key life skills like financial literacy. An early intervention approach will be adopted for maximum impact, with students starting the programme age 14, being supported until 18. Jasmine will oversee the building of the Foundation’s initiatives and will be responsible for leading the expansion of the charity’s reach to as many young people as possible over the coming years.