AYDEPI’s mission lies in creating sustainable measures to build resilience in vulnerable African, African/American Youth through holistic investment. Our key areas of operation are education, socio-economic interventions, mental health awareness, substance abuse and prevention, suicide prevention, crime, homelessness, among other psychosocial factors that significantly affect African, African/American Youth in Washington State.
In 2019, We took an in-depth look at the African, African/American communities in Washington and conducted a need assessment on youth between 16 and 23 years. The most issues that the youth raised included mental health, drug & alcohol abuse, suicide, engagement in gang groups, fear, low or no resources to improve their lives.
We mapped out a plan to include vulnerable youth and get their perspective on which areas they needed to change, and involve them in advocating their rights.
AYDEPI’S STRATEGIC AREAS OF FOCUS
| Advocacy | Youth Mentorship and Leadership Development | Service Delivery |
| Mental Health and Wellbeing | Partnership and Collaboration |