Mother | Founder Project YANA CIC
Author | YPIDVA & ISVA
National Ambassador DVUK
With her British Caribbean upbringing, Jenni understands the true meaning of overcoming adversity and has used her life lessons to make a difference to the world – she is a woman who lives her life out loud. After surviving years of domestic violence as a teenager, Jenni found her strength and escaped from her turmoil. She made a promise to herself to not only rebuild her life and recognise her own self-worth but to also support others who were living with abuse. By breaking through barriers and helping others her confidence grew and Jenni Steele entered the entertainment industry. In 2004 Jenni became a DJ/Radio presenter at Invincible Radio and went on to present her first award at the Urban Music Awards.
In 2009, Jenni developed and delivered a series of positive relationship building workshops for schools and youth agencies across London and The UK which have young people the skills to work together and communicate effectively. In 2010 Jenni was presented with the Make a Difference Award by the Mayor of Lewisham Steve Bullock for her work with young people.
Local community groups across London have invited Jenni to speak about her journey as a way of motivating and inspiring women and in 2009 she launched Lioness Ladies, a support network for women to socialise and promote their businesses over dinner.
In 2012 she was nominated for The Women Awards for her Domestic Violence awareness programmes for teens. Jenni has also been recognised for her work in the media by being named in the Top 12 Influential Women of Colour in media in the UK in 2013 as well as the Top 8 Inspirational Women of Colour in media in the UK 2014.
In 2014 Jenni was honoured to become a Domestic Violence UK’s (DVUK) National Ambassador which further highlighted her advocacy against Domestic Violence.
Jenni Steele’s love for radio continued and in 2013 the highly popular radio show Keeping It Real with Jenni Steele was launched across international airwaves on WHOA FM. “Keeping it Real Inspirational” was also created to celebrate local heroes and sheroes in the community which included thecreation of Inspirational Men’s month, a segment dedicated to men. This caught the eye of ‘The Black Man Can’ Awards in the USA which lead to a partnership for a UK category in 2014.
Through professionalism, passion and tenacity, Jenni has developed a successful career as an International broadcast journalist, producing entertainment news, covering red carpet events, film premieres and hosting awards shows. Her second show, “Keeping it Real Lifestyle”, a live, weekly, magazine style, talk show was launched in 2014. The show gave exposure to luxury brands, fashion designers, film producers and creative as well as red Carpet and award show coverage and the show was soon picked up by Juice UK. Jenni used both radio shows to raise awareness of important social issues such as sickle cell, ACLT, Lupus, Domestic Violence, Abuse, Prostate Cancer and more.
In March 2015 Jenni launched The Jenni Steele Foundation, an organisation that creates opportunities for the next generation of Leaders through strong networks and mentoring. The foundation has supported many young people through lectures, workshops and partnerships with other youth organisations in order to provide a platform for greatness amongst young people.
As an author Jenni has seen global success, using words to change lives and to open new doors of opportunity, having co-Authored “Letters to a Younger Generation for Girls” in September 2015 and Co Authoring Amazon bestseller, “Wounds to Wisdom” in March 2016. Her 3rd book contribution “GLAMBITIOUS Guide to Greatness: How to go from Thriving to Surviving” was released in January 2018 in Atlanta, USA and is set to be another international success.
As well as being an ambassador, advocate, author and media personality Jenni is also an actress. Her first stage acting role took place in Atlanta 2016 in a monologue play called Traces of her Lipstick and she is working on more projects for the future. She has used her acting skills to model and is currently the Face of Izelia Fashions, an Afrocentric Fashion line in London. Over the years Jenni has been a sought after MC, host and presenter for highly esteemed events such as The Football Black List, No Scrunchie awards, Screen Nation awards, Black Beauty & Fashion Awards, Mahogany Bride and The Philadelphia Film Awards.
In 2017 Jenni Steele launched the YANA Project which aims to work with young people who have directly been affected by gang related violence, sexual grooming, exploitation, domestic violence and abuse. To enhance her work Jenni has a Diploma in Early Intervention and prevention of abuse (May 2018) and is a qualified Young Persons independent domestic violence advisor and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor. Her clients include social services, police, schools and CSE teams around the UK.
When Jenni is not using her skills to uplift and inspire she enjoys eating out, solo traveling and being a footie mum at the weekends.
- Broadcast Journalist / Producer / Presenter & Host
- International Entertainment Correspondent from London to USA
- National Ambassador DVUK
- Young Persons Independent Domestic Violence Advisor
- Young Persons Independent Sexual Violence Advisor
- Make a Difference Award Winner for supporting others from Sir Steve Bullock Mayor Lewisham in 2010
- Nominated Top 12 Influential Women of Colour in media in UK 2013
- Nominated Top 8 Inspirational Women of Colour in media in UK 2014
- The Face of Izelia HeadWraps August 2015
- Co-Author September 2015
- Co-Author March 2016
- Actress Traces of her Lipstick Atlanta October 2016
- Interviewed on ITV on knife crime
"Living in a Women’s Refuge at the age of 17 I received good advice about how to turn my life around. I had to convince myself there was no going back; I had to think only of moving forward and living up to my true potential. Years later and here I am. I have a fabulous career, a wonderful family and living my dream."Jenni Steele