African-centred, solidarity work, allyship, critical youth work, decolonial practice
What does it mean to be an ally? More specifically, what does it mean to do the work of allyship in support of Black young people and families? As educators, researchers, and practitioners in the child and youth care field, we seek to initiate a conversation pertaining to the epistemological make-up of child and youth care practice and the movement towards persistent and intentional solidarity work as a framework for cross-racial engagement. Through a series of critical questions, this paper seeks to deconstruct the taken-for-granted practices of White Eurocentric allyship in favour of a new vision for the future of solidarity work with African-descended children, youth, and their communities.
Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies (FAHCS)
International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies
Peer Reviewed/Refereed Publication
© Peter Amponsah & Juanita Stephen
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.
Original Publication Citation
Amponsah, P., & Stephen, J. (2020). Developing a practice of African-centred solidarity in child and youth care. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 11(2), 6-24. doi:10.18357/ijcyfs112202019516
Amponsah, Peter and Stephen, Juanita, "Developing a Practice of African-Centered Solidarity in child and Youth Care" (2020). Publications and Scholarship. 15.
Authors’ note: This paper is based on the panel presented at the Child & Youth Care in Action VI Conference: Moving Through Trails and Trials Toward Community Wellness, held in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada at the University of Victoria, April 25th to 27th, 2019. The panel included the present authors as well as Dr. Julian Hasford and Travonne Edwards. Their thinking and theorizing was crucial to the panel and have been influential in the development of this paper. We are also grateful to Dr. Johanne Jean-Pierre for including us in the development of the panel.