Kierra Box – Trustee

Kierra Box has been campaigning for over 10 years, since co-founding Hands Up for Peace, a youth campaign against the Iraq War, in 2003. Kierra was one of the earliest winners of the Sheila McKechnie Award in 2006, and through the Foundation was able to develop further work to galvanise young people to campaign. Kierra ran youth organisation Hands Up until 2009, when she moved to working full time with a partnership supporting resident action and services in a disadvantaged area of London. During this time she held positions as a Trustee of the Young People Now Foundation and a member of the Department of Health Sexual Health and HIV Independent Advisory Group.

Since 2011 Kierra has continued to support local campaigning in a voluntary capacity, as an organiser of homeless support group The SockMob and a trustee of homlesness organisation Streetlytes. She is also a speaker for Save the Children and a volunteer for student action charity Envision.

Kierra is currently head of Communications and Member Services at Community Matters – the National Federation of Community Associations – where she has also been leading the national youth programme since 2011, providing support to voluntary sector organisations working with and for young people and representing them within policy. She joined the Sheila McKechnie Foundation board in December 2012.

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