African youth are the fastest growing minority population in Auckland, New Zealand and make up the largest percentage of their community. Many African youth in Aotearoa New Zealand are currently either studying towards a qualification or are qualified, and have the potential to contribute to their communities and to New Zealand. However, this potential is significantly affected by their seemingly disproportionate encounters with the police and the New Zealand justice system. We are pleased to announce that we will be working together with a group of young people for the African Youth Forum 2016.
The African Youth Forum is an annual youth-led event to bring together African youth, community leaders, public officials and academics to discuss relevant issues that are stopping African youth from reaching their full potential. During this year’s inaugural event, we will be launching a report on African youth experiences with the Police and the criminal justice system. The purpose of this year’s event is to also raise awareness and discussions about the findings of the report in a safe and controlled environment. The outcome of this research and event is to engage African youth in countering those identities represented within and responded to by the justice system in an effort to improve their well-being and participation in New Zealand.