Abena Gyamfuaa has joined the Rio Ferdinand Foundation as our project worker in Belfast, leading on the delivery of our Inspiring Futures programme in partnership with Children in Need and EMSONI (Ethnic Minority Sports Organisation Northern Ireland). Inspiring Futures is a joint funding programme between BBC Children in Need and the Youth Futures Foundation, delivering a £7m fund to support organisations working to improve employment outcomes for young people who face disadvantage across the UK and who have been affected by the impact of COVID-19.
Abena joins the Foundation having worked extensively in a volunteer capacity as a Project Coordinator for EMSONI across a range of projects. This knowledge and experience working with young people and families across a range of minority ethnic communities in Belfast, will be invaluable in helping the Foundation and the project deliver long term impacts for young people.
Originally from Ghana, Abena is currently studying at Queens University Belfast, and has a strong research interest in the role of BAME women in social action supporting young people.
Abena has been an inspiration to a lot of BAME young people in Northern Ireland to date, and her mentoring background has been a great advantage in connecting communities and families and building intercultural relationships.
Welcome to the Rio Ferdinand Foundation Abena!