Our awesome Youth Coordinator, Mo Ali, has been out in Bristol spreading the word about Babbasa’s work. He’s an incredibly inspiring person, one who is passionate and determined to help other young people from under-represented backgrounds achieve their career, professional and enterprise aspirations.
Mo Ali embodies everything Babbasa hopes to achieve and more. Having fled war-torn Somalia as a young boy, Mo has harnessed his unique skills and ambitious vision of the future to create an extraordinary life for himself and others. Starting his journey with us seven years ago, aged just 15, Mo came to Babbasa with dreams of starting his own business and took part in our programmes.
Now, at the age of 22, Mo has made a name for himself throughout Bristol. Not only as an accomplished poet and public speaker, but also through his continued work with Babbasa. He now works as our Youth Coordinator, championing our Trailblazer alumni programme giving young people a voice across the city through a series of initiatives and peer-to-peer support. He speaks regularly at Bristol schools and businesses about the importance of self-development and cultural inclusion. To date, he has worked with over 5,000 students across 20 different schools. His work not only seeks to make young people their most confident selves, but also to dismantle the barriers and biases that exist within Bristol’s institutions and workplaces.
Mo’s story, like many others, reflects the symbiotic relationship of Babbasa to our young people and communities. We know that if Babbasa’s dreams of social mobility are ever going to become a reality then we all have to lean on each other’s networks and skills to fight for a better future. Isn’t enough to prepare young people for a world that is still not willing to nourish and sustain them.
Read more about how Mo and Babbasa are working to dismantle barriers and bias in the workplace: