Outreach for UAO’s African Youth Forum in Full Swing
Outreach efforts for the 2014 African Youth Forum are well under way. Over the past two months, United African Organization (UAO) staff members and volunteers have been working tirelessly to reach out to students and young professionals across the Chicago area and raise awareness about the upcoming forum.
The forum—which will take place on March 29th from 11am until 4pm on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus—brings together both African and African-American youth to engage interactively with a wide array of issues. This year’s topics include immigration, youth violence and incarceration and education. The goal of the forum is to foster youth dialogue on these issues and develop a collective plan of action to overcome them.
On March 13th, UAO staff members visited with the Truman College Africans and Friends Student Club (AFSC) to discuss the forum and recruit potential volunteers and participants. This was UAO’s second visit to Truman College to talk about the forum and its third visit in the past four weeks. In February, UAO Executive Director Alie Kabba also joined the AFSC as a panel speaker for their 2014 “Africa on Display” event.
Thanks to the warm reception UAO received from AFSC President Emmanuel Acheampong, its most recent visit to Truman College was a success in galvanizing student support for the forum and resulted in the AFSC offering to set up informational displays on various African countries at the forum. UAO’s continued partnership with the Truman College AFSC demonstrates its commitment to collaborating with youth groups and increasing awareness in the Chicago African immigrant community about its events, programs and services.
If you or anyone know would like to join UAO at the African Youth Forum as a participant or a volunteer, please RSVP online or call at (312) 949-9980. More detailed information about the forum can found on by clicking here.
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by Max Woxland, UAO Intern