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Date started: July 2016
Website: www.qlmentoring.com
Twitter: @QLMentoring
Location: London

As an autistic, dyslexic and dyspraxic student, Siena Castellon had been severely bullied for most of her school life. Discovering that most autism resources targeted parents, she designed her website Quantum Leap, to support and mentor young people with neurodiversity. It also gives teachers and SENCOs insight into direct experience of autism, to improve the support they provide to their students.

Siena Castellon

Having just taken her GCSEs, Siena is now taking a multi-platform approach that aims to address the main issues faced by the autistic community. Conducting autism research at UCL's CRAE centre ensures the research accurately reflects the needs of young autistic people, while the 2eMPower project is a neurodiversity and inclusion organisation supporting high-achieving students with disabilities to excel in STEM.

Anti-bullying campaign

The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign's #StandUpToBullying movement

Her outreach work includes being selected as Mayor of London peer outreach worker; a delegate for The Youth Assembly at the United Nations in New York and appointed to the Diana Award National Anti-Bullying Youth Board.

Siena says she aims to “use my position as a platform to tackle disability-based bullying and to advocate for inclusion, diversity and tolerance”.