African Youth Conference


A series of workshops discussed issues affecting African Youth which formed the basis of a Youth Conference held in Nov.

The Conference brought together eighteen young African people from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Somalia, Zimbabwe and Uganda to discuss the key issues affecting them in their lives in Australia. The agenda was defined by holding a number of focus groups prior to the conference to identify the three main areas of concern: intergenerational and family conflict; law, justice and discrimination; and employment. Speakers from relevant agencies were then invited to present papers and lead discussion and debate around the topics.

The conference report (‘‘Our Voices United, African Youth Speak’) outlines the key findings and recommendations, highlighting the voices of African young people and what they think needs to happen to make Australia a more inviting and engaging place for them.