On Thursday 18th January, Babbasa held its Equal Opportunity Ambassador (EOA) Mixer. This was an opportunity to celebrate professionals who have supported young people through the various Babbasa programmes, including mentoring. The hosts Ishola Somuyiwa and Shelena Artman (Babbasa Trailblazers), introduced themselves and spoke about their encounters with Babbasa.
EOAs were then awarded a certificate of acknowledgement by Chair of the Babbasa Board, Simon Quinn. After the certificates were handed out, a panel discussion took place, including senior architect at Willmore Iles, Tony Berongoy, as well as young people Ash G I, and Vickie Onuche. This was an opportunity for mentors and mentees alike to express their experience of the Babbasa mentorship programme, highlighting that mentor mentee is not a hierarchical relationship, but something where both parties gain value.
The panel discussion was followed by Qazzally Ali (Babbasa Trailblazer) who presented the OurCity2030 project, spoke about its goals and how people can get involved in order to help make Bristol a fairer and more equal city. The night ended with food and networking, giving an opportunity for young people and professionals to connect with each other.
We would like to give a huge thank you to Our Media for providing us with the space to hold the mixer and their overall support for Babbasa’s mission, as well as all of the speakers, our EOAs, and everyone who attended the event.