LEAD! A Youth Leadership Development Programme

lead-logo-mediumAfrican Diaspora Kids is a relatively new community project that connects children to the beautiful continent of Africa. Based in London, UK, we believe that every African Diaspora Kid has the potential to make a positive contribution to Africa and the Diaspora.

Our mission

To work with families, supporters, volunteers, educators and partners so as to develop 15,000 African Diaspora Leaders in the UK by 2040. You can read more about how our project got started here.

Our achievements

We launched the project in May 2015 with the aim of growing an online community, promoting family activities, offering free resources and publishing interesting news for the families of primary school aged children born in the UK of African heritage. We achieved this in our first year, reaching more than 55,000 people, and we continue to provide all this.

Developing young leaders

We have now completed the design of a youth leadership development programme for year 6 pupils aged 10-11 called LEAD. The programme is being finalised and a 7-day pilot summer club for 30 selected children (15 girls, 15 boys) will run in a local school in the borough of Waltham Forest during August 2018.

Following a learning review the LEAD Youth Leadership Programme will launch in May 2019:

  • As a bite sized taster version in the well-known MOOC (massive open online course) format via our website.
  • For educators and partners who would like to deliver a face to face programme. We will make the LEAD resources available for a donation in addition to providing a volunteer programme mentor to support its delivery.

Our inspiration

At African Diaspora Kids we are inspired by young people, their energy, talents, dreams and potential. These quotes encapsulate our values and commitment through the LEAD youth leadership development programme:

‘Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future’  Nelson Mandela

‘Do not confine your children to your own learning for they were born in another time’ Proverb

‘Every child has the right to an education’  Article 28 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Our beliefs

We believe that every African Diaspora Kid has the right to quality leadership education.
We know that effective leaders are made through intentional effort, generous investment and a support network
We believe it is the responsibility of those going before our young people to ‘kick-start’ the development of their leadership skills. If not we, then who?

Next steps

Keep revisiting News for updates on our progress. If you’d like us to join our community you can sign up to our free annual report to stay connected.

Thank you for visiting us. The African Diaspora Kids Team.