I, Abdirashid Abdulkadir Hussein am the founder, Advisory Board member and President of the United African Community Development Council of America. I am a current employee of Weld County School District and in the USDA/FSIS/OFO. I am also a member of the Yali network, which provides membership for the Young African Leaders Initiative.
I am very passionate about all people working together to build a better world. I am working within the schools to make a start for this vision to happen. Currently I am involved volunteering and by inspiring communities’ participation. We are in our beginning states and are still learning. With these efforts to integrate many people of different national backgrounds, our intent is to create a community of new leaders that bring a different perspective to this great nation.
My non-profit’s strategic plan provides a road map for our organization’s future by ensuring that we have a clear mission, vision and goals. This organization’s key aspects are in developing nongovernmental organizations; stressing the importance of partnerships with the private sector and government; determining if a social enterprise identifies and meets the needs of the community; and advocating effectively for youth.
We will create an international organization focused on promoting unity amongst the American, African, Indian, S.E Asian, Europeans, and Middle Eastern communities in the States. It is our intention to help and accept anyone regardless of country of origin. We are doing this in order to create the next successful generation of young people from the afore-mentioned ethnic groups and because we ourselves are young African American, Indian, S.E Asian, European, Middle Eastern American Government leaders who think it is important to help create new leaders for the future. Our focus is to create an active group of people from different backgrounds to participate at various levels and on various platforms to bring a better understanding of the diversity of our population.
We are working with Federal, State, City and local partners to provide support for those communities in Colorado. We are offering free services to support parents, children, and adults in areas such as sports education; religious study; cultures; practicing languages; and other social services as needed.
We want to create an international organization to connect all the communities in Colorado and cultivate an environment of neighbors helping neighbors. We want to understand how people from different countries solve problems in their own nations, and we want to provide support based on that knowledge to the local population, as well as those returning to their homelands. It is our wish that if they return, they will return enriched with knowledge and education gained here.
We will provide this support though community volunteer work. We will help both children and adults. Some of our services include interpretation; homework; practicing languages; religious study; and after-school programs. Part of our service will help identify and address solutions to issues facing refugees and immigrants locally, including Weld County; Morgan County; Denver County and Arapahoe County as well as Nationally and Globally. Some of our personal beliefs stem from wanting to supply leadership in communities on issues such as agriculture; business; entrepreneurship; children/youth/human rights, community development; education; technology; telecommunications; health and women’s/girls issues.
To assist students with homework, practicing languages, cultures, studying religions, and focusing on professional careers. We will support academic excellence so that students may attend prestigious colleges and universities.
Works so far
We are excited to announce that we opened a study center in 2014 for students in grades 4-6, and also adults. The study center is still open by appointment only. While at the center and the public library, students will have access to various venues for research. The United African Community Development Council of America staff is on hand to assist students with their homework, practice language and study religions.
As the United African Community Development Council of America, we have been sharing goals and building relationships and trust with all communities in Colorado. Our efforts are to integrate many people of different national backgrounds with the intent is to create a community of new leaders that bring a different perspective of African people and merging those understandings with those of the African American community. We hope for this to build a bridge between all our communities to work more closely together. This organization is the national Young African Leaders (YALI) Network.
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