A youth-led network made up of young people from the African community and within local Universities. BAME/African young people are experiencing barriers that are preventing them from flourishing. Many of our young people are marginalised, unemployed, not in education, suffer poor mental health, are in care (or are care leavers),are asylum seekers, refugees, disabled, from low income households or are an ethnic minority.
The network under SSAP is supporting young people to become active citizens by
1. Directly influence individuals, constituencies, organizations, communities, decision makers and general population to take action in addressing social problems affecting young of African background.
2. Provide virtual, physical and creative spaces for young people to hang out, explore issues of identity, wellbeing and positive relationships. Learn about their rights and become activated, using methods such as storytelling, creative arts, music and dance.
3. Work with existing organisations and statutory bodies such as the police, probation etc to identify a small group that can be trained to tell their stories and to do it creatively through arts , storytelling etc.
4. Facilitate youth-entrenched peer-to-peer and cooperative learning enabling.
5. Develop a youth-led political engagement programme of campaigning and advocacy to articulate their voice in consultations and representative Welsh Government policy making.
6. Establish a formal agency for young people to gain work experience while at the same time supporting them to grow as leaders. This will create opportunities for them and keep them out of trouble.
Meet Our Youth Leaders
Raphael Esu: Research Lead
Raphael Esu is a Nigerian and British trained lawyer, licensed Barrister and Solicitor, arbitrator and academic. He is also a PhD researcher in the area of maritime law.
In the third sector, Raphael has worked with the UN, World Bank, Sub Sahara Advisory Panel, Empowered African Youths Foundation and other organisations on delivering various projects both in Nigeria, Africa at Large and the United Kingdom. He is keen on youth development and inclusion as evidenced in his work.