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Mamadou Diamanka

Class Year: 2016

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Position: EO/ President AAFRO (Australian African Foundation for Retention and Opportunity)

Focus Area

Positive social change

Mamadou Diamanka

Class Year: 2016

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Position: EO/ President AAFRO (Australian African Foundation for Retention and Opportunity)

Focus Area

Positive social change

Biography

I founded the Australian and African Foundation for Retention and Opportunity (AAFRO) five years ago. Since then, I have been extremely active in building a network of other Africans form a diversity of backgrounds, as well as making contacts with leaders in government, education and charitable work, to develop the AAFRO organization, and to run a range of innovative programs for young people designed to help them to stay in school, acquire life-skills that help them in the transition to work or further education- combatting disadvantage and unemployment in order to assist their families and alleviate poverty. My involvement in the 2015 Williamson Leadership Victoria program gave me the opportunity to speak at events to advocate the needs of new arrivals in Melbourne and express his belief that every member of society, rich and poor, deserves to have a voice. I strive to help others to gain a greater understanding of African perspectives and the problems faced by new arrivals in Australia. The Social Change Fellowship will enable me to develop a pilot program of Restorative Practices to be embedded in African communities, incorporating the community conferencing process, restorative conversations and circles approach, helping to influence how agencies approach conflict and create a better understanding of and relationship with African communities and especially youth.

Skills & Expertise

  • Community conferencing
  • Youth program development
  • Restorative justice
  • Meditation
  • Leadership and life skills

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