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International Development & African Diaspora

(SSAP) Youth Leadership Network - SYLN

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

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Umalkhaire Goran: Network Coordinator

Umi is a Welsh-Somali with a Social Science background from Cardiff University. She is interested in social justice and inequalities with a particular  emphasis on youth engagement and empowerment of BAME individuals in Wales.

Outside work, Umi loves travelling, hiking, films and wellbeing practices.

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Raphael Esu: Network Coordinator

The multitalented Raphael is a student at Cardiff University, specialising in Law and currently finalising his LLM in Shipping Law. He has alwasy been an advocate for young people wheter in Nigeria or Wales where he currently reside. He won the Best Delegate (ICJ),Babcock International Model UN, Law Student of the Year, 2018 and a host of other recognitions acknowledging this along with volunteering with a number of non-profits to deliver community service.

 

Rapahel enjoys discussing politics, sports and reading books.

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Hoda Alshaibani: Communication lead

Born and raised in Sudan, Hoda's ambition has always been to be in the media sector where she can express her true personality. She has writtea writen and happy to say published her first book in 2017. A talented communicator with passion for photography she uses her lived experience to strengthen herself and those around her. Resilient, competitive and determined, Hoda aims to embrace life to the fullest in everything she does.

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Billy Mazoya: Communication Lead

A highly self-motivated, charismatic and creative man of faith. Working as a marketing and communications officer at SSAP and also a member of the SSAP Youth Network. Joined SSAP in November 2019 and since then has been in co-charge of SSAP’s social media platforms; sending out daily posts, creating blogs, posters, newsletters and monitoring data via Eventbrite, Mailchimp and SurveyMonkey.

Fun Fact: Only drinks water – Hasn’t drank a fizzy drink, juice or cow’s milk in 5 years. Enjoys football and has watched almost every Netflix series in the world.

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Wanitta Adzangoa: Partnership Lead

Born in Congo and raised in Ireland, Wanitta has been with SSAP for over 2 years and is currently studying Biomedical Sciences at Cardiff University. She is an aspiring medic with passion for STEM education , especially for young BAME women.

 

Wanitta enjoys spending time with family and friends; reading books and travelling.

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Daouda Conte: Planning and Logisitcs Lead

 

Daouda moved to the UK at the age of 13 from Guinea where his family is from. Having graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University in Business and Management with Law, he volunteered as a case worker at Asylum Justice where he witnessed the inequalities that our communities face on a day to day basis.

 

I am passionate about the work that SSAP does through providing opportunities for the young BAME community. To be part of this platform has allowed me to learn and raise awareness of issues of BAME groups locally and internationally.