Global Outreach Foundation and the Caribbean Community have aimed to deliver projects that focused and introduced culture and heritage to those within and outside Africa and Caribbean communities across Milton Keynes.
The African and Caribbean Arts & Heritage Union is a new not-for profit organisation that was set up in 2019 to promote racial equality, cultural identity, inclusion, diversity and youth engagement and development in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. It is a partnership of Global Outreach Foundation MK (GOFMK) and the Caribbean community in Milton Keynes . The ACAHF was brought together by the belief that UK based African and Caribbean communities are stronger together especially but not limited to residents of Milton Keynes & surrounding areas. This drive is to recognise the diversity of Milton Keynes, tackle inequalities and bring about positive change by supporting all young people across MK to develop their sense of identity, culture, self-worth, confidence, motivation, and practical life skills through our various activities.
With increasing knife and gun crime in Milton Keynes and many young people, especially but not limited to those from the ethnic minority, struggling with identity and role models. The AC partnership was brought together in 2019 by their believe that we are stronger together; a drive to recognise the diversity of Milton Keynes and therefore support all young people across MK to develop their sense of identity, culture, self-worth, confidence, motivation and practical life skills through African-Caribbean Carnival. The AC has a strategic steering group that advises and supports the partnership.
MEET THE FOUNDER.
Cllr. Mike Kasibo
Mike Kasibo is a strong believer of Black Lives Matter and a Social Justice Activist.
He is a Parish Councillor and the co-founder and CEO of African and Caribbean Arts & Heritage union.
He holds an MSc in Social Work and a degree in Applied Social Studies as well as a Diploma in Community Organising and leadership.
With over 10 years’ experience in leadership, community organizing, youth work, and social care, Mike has contributed to the programs geared towards building community cohesion, social justice, building trust, breaking cultural barriers as well as reduction of knife and gun crime, in Milton Keynes and Eastern Europe, through activities and skills development such as ABCD and DDD models, power analysis mapping, Connecting, Speaking Out, Building Power and Mentoring.
Working with the team, Mike is looking forward to delivering the first carnival in Milton Keynes. He believes that the carnival in June will help to unite people after lockdown and isolation due to COVID-19.