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Young Humanists is the 18-35s section of Humanists UK. Two thirds of Britons between the ages of 18 and 35 are non-religious, according to surveys, and most will share humanist values even if that’s not a term they’ve come across. Young Humanists exists to offer a space for non-religious people aged 18-35 to meet, socialise, debate and support each other.

So far, Young Humanists has held popular events in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Sheffield, and Cambridge, as well as speaking and networking events in the House of Lords and London City Hall. The section has also produced resources for first-time parents looking to nurture their children’s natural curiosity and critical thinking skills.

Meet the team

Coordinator – Lauren Nicholas

2016-11-17-lw-v1-yh-bios-laurenLauren is the Coordinator of Young Humanists, responsible for managing the overall activity of the section.

By day, she manages strategic projects for a large multi-academy trust. With a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience, she also has experience conducting research alongside educational psychologists, as well as volunteering with children and insects (sometimes together). When not at work or coordinating Young Humanists, she’s usually found making something, singing something, or teaching something new and unusual to her budgie, Murray.

Secretary – Holly Austin-Davies

Holly works as a knowledge librarian in London, and is training to become a humanist wedding celebrant. She is particularly interested in LGBT issues, reproductive rights and the assisted dying debate.

She lives in Kent with her husband, and enjoys cooking, travelling and finding creative ways to avoid doing any housework.

She joined the Young Humanists Executive as Secretary in November 2017.

Events Manager – Julian Webb

2016-11-17-lw-v1-yh-bios-julianJulian has been involved in the humanist movement since founding the University of Exeter’s Humanist Society in 2013. After graduating from university, he set up and ran Exeter Humanists and served as the Membership Administration Officer for Humanist Students.

He now helps to run Chichester Humanists and works in the publishing industry.

He joined the Young Humanists Executive as Events Manager in November 2016.

Communications Manager – Sophia Kesteven

Sophia recently moved all the way to the UK from Perth, Western Australia, to study moral and environmental philosophy at UCL.

She has always been inspired by the idea that we have one life to make the most of and believes the best way to do so is through reason, rationality, care for each other and the environment, and good philosophy puns. It was only earlier this year she discovered everything she believed in had a name – Humanism!

When not trying to formulate the best way to live, Sophia can be found at spoken word nights, reading in quiet cafes, or hiking across wherever needs to be hiked.

Get involved

There are lots of ways to get involved with Young Humanists, with opportunities ranging from specific volunteering roles to helping put on a Young Humanists event in your area. To join Young Humanists, join Humanists UK (it’s free for students) and add your date of birth on your Dashboard.

Please stay tuned to the Young Humanists Facebook page and Twitter account for more recent updates from the section, including ways to get involved.

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