09 May Australian-born Somalian working to help other young multicultural people
At only 21-years-old, Ahmed Hassan is the director of Youth Activating Youth, an organisation and charity that strives to address the needs of disadvantaged multicultural youths across the country.
Despite being so young, Hassan saw a gap among other organisations where the needs of young people weren’t being addressed.
“The only way to basically solve that problem was to make an organisation for young people by young people,” he said.
“We deal with heavily disadvantaged multicultural youth, regardless of which community they come from and within every community, there is a disadvantaged young person.
“We make sure we help the affected communities and we make sure their voices are heard.”
The organisation has implemented a number of programs that address the needs of youth who are disengaged and disadvantaged, including educational programs.
“We have programs to help keep young people in school, make sure they go to TAFE, or complete higher education, and we have employment programs to make sure young people have the best opportunity to access jobs across the board,” Hassan said.
“We just want to make sure all young people have equal opportunities to everyone else.”
As part of the organisation, Hassan mentors five young people each day to make sure they each reach their full potential and to make they have the opportunities others are given.
“My main goal is to inspire the next group of future leaders; how do we make changemakers, how do we see people contributing in a positive manner?” he said.
The organisation has reached more than 6000 youths in Australia through the work their volunteers do, with participants reporting an increased engagement rate of about 90%.