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Abu-Hassan Koroma AKA Askia the Great is the founder, President & CEO of Twenty-First Century African Youth Movement. He is responsible for building a technology-driven leadership team with capable staff, volunteers and support networks around the world to empower and mobilize rural Africa youth through multiple channels of engagement and economically viable operations with a focus on creating Social Enterprise Centers and good jobs across Africa – starting in Sierra Leone!
Askia holds a Higher Teacher’s Certificate (HTC) in Art & Crafts from the Milton Margai Teachers College (now Milton Margai College of Education and Technology) in Sierra Leone. He also holds a Bachelors of Art in International Relations from the University Of Wisconsin -Madison.
Askia combines the creative potentials of visual art and the humanities to mobilize young volunteers around the world to support AYM and contribute to reversing the social and economic marginalization of Africa.
Askia believes that a vigorous engagement with the global community for ideas, financial and material support, as well as volunteer commitment, will employ youth in rural Africa, increase their income and quality of life and also contribute to peace and stability in Africa.
In 1989, Askia founded the first African Chapter of the United Nations of Youth (now the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) in Sierra Leone. He served as its first National Coordinator until April 1991.
As UNOY National Coordinator, Askia was the youth representative on the UNICEF National Taskforce Committee for the World Summit on Children held in New York in 1990. The UNICEF National Taskforce Committee designated UNOY to coordinate the National Candlelight vigils before and after the Summit.
Askia was elected member of the International Working Group in 1992 at the second International Conference of UNOY in Schrool, The Netherlands. In 1993, Askia was re-elected a member of the International Working Group in Minsk, Belarus.
From November 1993 to November 1994, Askia was a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA). VISTA is a U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service program that “places individuals in a variety of situations where the application of individual talent and dedication bring an added dimension to federal, state, and private nonprofit organizations assisting low-income communities.”
Askia was assigned to the Common Wealth Development Corporation in Madison, Wisconsin as a Youth Business Mentoring Program Assistant, providing “youth an intensive three-week pre-employment training followed by a job placement” with supportive businesses.
Askia is a Humanist, Artist, and Poet. His painting has been exhibited in the Porter Butts Gallery, “67Th Annual Student Art Exhibition” at UW-Madison and, his poem on the “Waters of Wisconsin” was published in the Spring 2003 Wisconsin Academy Review. He was also a nominated semi-finalist in the 5th Annual Volvo for life Awards in 2007.
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