Cross-Cultural Faith Journeys: A Report on African Christian Practices in Australia
We are excited to present the ‘African Expressions of Christianity in Australia’ report, a pivotal project developed through the partnership of the African Australian Advocacy Centre with Western Sydney University and the University of Western Australia. This insightful report delves into the dynamic interplay of faith and cultural identity within African Australian communities, highlighting the crucial role of Christianity in their social fabric. It offers a comprehensive look at how these communities contribute to and enrich Australia’s cultural landscape.
African Australian Advocacy Centre Volunteer Program
The African Australian Advocacy Centre (AAAC) runs a volunteer program that plays a pivotal role in its advocacy efforts, amplifying their reach and impact. By donating their time, skills, and energy, volunteers from diverse backgrounds enhance the program with their unique perspectives, experiences, and expertise. Their involvement helps the AAAC connect with communities at the grassroots level, understanding their needs, and tailoring the advocacy efforts to address specific challenges.
The program appreciates volunteers contributing at their own pace, acknowledging that each contribution, regardless of its scale, aids in achieving shared goals. Prospective volunteers are invited to apply and join the AAAC in driving significant change.
Pro Bono Supervision Program for African Australian Students Undertaking
The African Australian Advocacy Centre’s (AAAC) Pro Bono Supervision Program showcases its dedication to diversity, inclusion, and equality. This program, specifically tailored for African Australian students, offers mentorship during work placements, smoothing the transition from academics to professional settings. By enhancing professional skills, promoting cultural competence, and forging professional connections, the program enables equal opportunities and essential support. The program significantly contributes to the students’ long-term career development by enhancing employability and aiding a successful transition from education to employment.
Callout: Writers Wanted for Anthology
African Literature Development Program
In collaboration with WestWords, the AAAC ran an African Literature Development program consisting of a comprehensive program of intended workshops, events and writing groups online.
The African Australian Literature Development Program (AALDP) is an initiative to support, develop, share and celebrate the richness of the stories of African Australians within the multi-cultural context of Western Sydney.
The program is run by African Australian Advocacy Centre and the WestWords and supported by the Adès Family Foundation. It uses stories to create a bridge of understanding and empathy between communities and generations, and to create a sense of belonging and pride for people aged 8 years and above.
Due to COVID-19, 2020/2021 was a year of difficulty where acts of community building and skills development radically changed. We moved a comprehensive program of intended workshops, events and writing groups online. This resulted in us facilitating four focus groups on fiction and non-fiction, graphic novels and comics, writing for children, and poetry. This first publication called “smile cross the oceans” marks the culmination of the first of three years for the program.
We are presently recruiting the second round of participants of the three rounds in this project and the current round of participants have completed the anthology of works which was released in December 2020.