Young Africa

The centre point for the voice of young people from across the diaspora, providing opportunities for development.

Who we are


The Young Africa Centre (YAC) is a group of teens and 20 something-year olds creating opportunities that are for us and by us. Nobody understands the issues, dreams and culture of the African diaspora better than ourselves. So we have set up a space that is dedicated to engaging the community, supporting our creativity and producing valuable content that is relevant to our mission. ‘So what is your mission?’,  you ask?

Our mission

YAC strives to be a centre point for the voice of young people of African descent (under 30) in the UK and elsewhere. We hope to showcase the vibrancy and diversity of the young African diaspora, our culture and our history. We want to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth through:

  • 1:1 Mentorship
  • Paid work opportunities
  • Skills workshops
  • Networking
  • Inspiring talks
  • Fun social & cultural events
  • + any more ideas that you have!

Music, art, literature, business, dance, history, language, fashion, technology, politics – whatever your interest, we’ll help you pursue it.

Join us

Africa and the Caribbean have produced some of the most influential and inspirational people in the world like Nelson Mandela, Wangari Maathai and Bob Marley. We celebrate our past and are proud of it. YAC is where you will find the passion for our future. 


Young people are society’s most creative dreamers. But we’re not just creative, we are productive. We actively pursue the impact we want to make, hosting one event, debate and workshop at a time. The bigger picture we all love to talk about is being drawn right here at the Young Africa Centre.

But we can’t do it alone and we don’t want to either. We’re all about community and collaboration. We want to partner with schools, charities, businesses and other community groups to bring our future to fruition. We’re here to make an impact. 


Join us as we creative a culture of ambitious behaviour that leaves a legacy for the next generation.

‘We want young people’s voice to be heard.’

We’re all over the internet, so make sure you follow us and keep to date with what we’re up to on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

‘We start small but think big. We look forward. We make impact.’

Designing An Africa Centre for the 21st Century

Wednesday, 18 Sep 2019 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

What thoughts and sensibilities underpin a pan-African design vision? Join Africa Centre Director, Kenneth Tharp and architect Jonathan Hagos, Director of FREEHAUS as they discuss the challenges and opportunities in developing a landmark building in Southwark.