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Pioneering Youth Leader, Yahye Abdi, to Ignite the 4th Commonwealth Conference on Youth Work

We are thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity to hear from one of the most passionate voices in youth empowerment, Yahye Abdi. Yahye will be sharing his profound insights at the forthcoming 4th Commonwealth Conference on Youth Work, a pivotal event dedicated to discussing and addressing the challenges our youth face today.

A Dynamic Voice in Youth Empowerment

Yahye’s remarkable journey in community building and youth empowerment has made waves across the UK. His outstanding work with Hope Collective, a cross-sector partnership committed to creating sustainable change for young people, has shifted narratives and paved the way for solutions designed to tackle poverty, violence, and discrimination.

Yahye’s Impact: From Hope Collective to SOCOPA

In addition to his leadership role at Hope Collective, Yahye has left indelible marks on the communities he has served, including his invaluable contributions to us here at SOCOPA, his role as the Co-Chairman for Leicester and Leicestershire at Citizens UK, and as School Governor at Taylor Road Primary School.

Accolades that Speak Volumes

Yahye’s tireless efforts in community development have earned him significant recognitions, including the title “Leicestershire Charity Employee of The Year 2022” and a commendation for excellence from the Leicestershire Black Police Association. These accolades stand testament to the transformative change Yahye has instigated.

A Future Shaped by Youth

Yahye envisions a future where young individuals are not just participants but catalysts for change. His message: the youth of today have the power to shape a future that resonates with their aspirations.

Join Us at the Conference

Be part of this conversation. Hear Yahye Abdi and other influential figures in youth work at the 4th Commonwealth Conference on Youth Work. Sign up for the conference, free of charge, here.

Join us in this vibrant space of dialogue and learning, and be part of the movement to shape our future – a future steered by our youth.


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The Somali Community Parents Association (SOCOPA) was set up in 2005 with the aim of helping Somali refugees and migrants in Leicester understand and access key services including health, education and housing. We act as a focal point for the community, offering practical support and leadership to improve people’s lives.

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