The African Diaspora Public Affairs Committee CIC (ADPAC) was born as the by-product of running a think tank for four years that underwent several mapping exercises to identify expertise and personnel across economics, education, employment, health, housing, justice, politics, trade and industry and media.
Over the course of those four years, we held thousands of hours of meetings, met with a couple of thousand African origin professionals and produced solution-orientated initiatives that will better the socio-economic mobility of British African/Caribbeans.
We evolved the Solution Room think tank into ADPAC in order to effectively represent the British African/Caribbean population. Our initiatives work with grassroots, professionals and advocates delivery partners who directly with the African/Caribbean public.
Dean Okai Snr is the founder of ADPAC CIC, who comes from an entrepreneurial background and is applying entrepreneurial tactics and principles to civic engagement. The Safe Space peer leadership program will be delivered by our Justice Director Gwenton Slowley's organisation, Crying Sons that work directly with at risk youth and designed the Mayors gang exit program.
Our Mental Health Director, Yvonne Douglas will deliver the Safe Space peer leadership program within youth offenders. She is a qualified therapist who uses African principles to treat African/Caribbean males.
The Safe Space Peer Leadership program will take cohorts of young men to arm them with a tool box that effectively prepares them to enable their peers. This will include conflict resolution skills, outreach training, safe space management, media training (to produce high production value social media videos) to influence peers via remote, basic counseling skills, project budgeting skills (to manage expenses) and session facilitation management.