CHRISSAN JARRETT

2015

YOUNG WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER   

The Young Woman of the Year Award presented by Livia Firth, goes to Chrisann Jarrett, a 20 year-old student who founded Let Us Learn, an organisation campaigning for the rights of irregular and undocumented young people frozen out of higher education by their immigration status. A former head girl with top grades at A-Level, it was only when Chrisann applied to university that she discovered that having been born in Jamaica, she was unable to get a student loan. Instead of giving up her dreams of becoming a lawyer, she fought to bring attention to the situation of many migrant children in a similar situation and won a full scholarship from LSE. The Let Us Learn campaign is raising awareness for those who don’t yet realize that it could be an issue for them. Chrisann said: “At first I was embarrassed about the stigma of being a migrant, but this award has made me proud of myself. The recognition I am doing something right is validation that I should keep going and help other people who can’t get to university.”