A new advocacy program for African diaspora leaders

May 5, 2020
Alice Aluoch, Grassroots Organizer

On Thursday April 16, 2020, RESULTS kicked off the African Leadership Cohort. This program is aimed at increasing African Diaspora representation within the RESULTS movement through new advocate recruitment, new leadership development, and building a creative and safe space for African Diaspora community.

The African Leadership Cohort (ALC) will center the voices and elevate the power of African immigrants within the RESULTS movement. ALC creates a space for new advocates from African Diaspora communities to connect with and support each other to lead advocacy efforts in their own communities. The ALC will also provide critical feedback and direction to RESULTS in order to improve our campaigns and opportunities to better meet the needs of African Diaspora communities. Through their action and leadership, the ALC will attract new advocates from African Diaspora communities to engage with RESULTS and bring critical resources and experiences to our grassroots network and leadership.

The cohort is comprised of six African Leaders representing four African countries (Nigeria, Kenya, Burundi, and Somalia), and representing six states (Maryland, North Dakota, Maine, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Washington state). In what will be a yearlong program, ALC Ambassadors will lead efforts to connect with their local communities about RESULTS issues and actions by attending community events, engaging local faith communities, and creating opportunities that bring their local communities together around RESULTS issues and actions.

The Leaders Cohort will receive training and support to actively share their knowledge, expertise, and experiences by taking powerful advocacy action through storytelling, face-to-face meetings with members of Congress, and generating media with both local and national diaspora media outlets. Our hope is that this cohort sheds light on areas we could improve on, existing barriers, and better ways to create space for others to lead.

“A well-lived life is one that transcends self-centered dedication. Without a doubt, the ALC Ambassadors exertion will bring at the table of advocacy various African voices, and subsequently support the noble mission of RESULTS by enhancing the well-being of millions of people’s lives in Africa.” 

– Georges Budagu Makoko, ALC member

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