Who We Are & What We Do

 

The Young Africa Centre (YAC) is a vibrant group of conscious young people (under 30). We are all drawn together by our love and passion for all things Africa and African diaspora related. We use our time together to socialise, share knowledge and skills, learn about our heritage, and discuss our place in a country that our parents and/or grandparents migrated to.

 

Our diverse group is open to anyone that fits the age criteria and is keen to contribute towards the development of African and diaspora communities both in different parts of Africa and here in the UK. We meet several times a month and organise events where we engage and tackle issues that are relevant to us. We also work closely with the local community in Southwark and other parts of London. As The Young Africa Centre, we are always looking for opportunities to expand our reach and empower and inspire more young people to embrace their heritage and become proud ambassadors.

 

We are proud to be part of an organisation with such a long and rich history as custodians of African culture and heritage in the UK. We feel duty-bound to make sure that our culture is respected, our languages don’t become extinct, and that we are seated at the tables where our futures are decided.

Our Mission

Our values are aligned with The Africa Centre’s 5 Critical Pillars: Education, Culture, Community, Leadership, and  Entrepreneurship & Investment. We look for opportunities to connect and collaborate with our peers across the global African diaspora. It could be on education, culture, or development projects. We have made it our responsibility to ensure that the story of Africa is told correctly and respectfully and we will boldly challenge any unfair stereotypes.  Through various partnerships, we facilitate personal and professional growth through:

  • Mentorship
  • Paid & unpaid work opportunities
  • Workshops & Seminars
  • Networking
  • Talks & Debates
  • Social & Cultural Events

If you want to learn about the latest music and fashion trends across Africa. Or you are exploring African literature but are not sure where to start, this is the place to be. We all support each other and will make sure that whatever it is that you are curious about, you will find the answers.

Join Us

Africa is the Motherland, the cradle of humankind where all of us can trace our roots.

 

For so long, the story of Africa has been told from the lens of slavery, colonialism, poverty, corruption, and war, etc. While all these issues are relevant and must be tackled robustly, we believe there are many more positive stories about Africa and her diaspora that barely make the headlines. As a Pan-African youth group, we want to learn about and acknowledge Africa’s past but we also want to boldly celebrate our collective achievements and own the narrative about our future.

In an age where African urban music has become the new mainstream, an age where African migrant children and the global African Diaspora are packing their bags and returning ‘home’, we dare to dream! The Young Africa Centre is the place where dreams are supported and hope is realised. We are all about community and collaboration. So, we want to partner with schools, charities, businesses and other community groups to help us deliver our programmes and serve the communities around us.

 

Join the movement and be part of the next chapter of the story of The Africa Centre.

‘Young people’s voices are integral to the future & development of  The Africa Centre.’

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COVID-19 - A Message from The Africa Centre

In view of the current situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to ensure the safety of the public and staff at The Africa Centre, our offices will be closed until further notice. 

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