This project aimed to strengthen the well-being of African Youth in Wellington by identifying issues they face, and developing strategies to address the issues. The project was implemented by Evolve, Post-graduate students from
Victoria University and by African Youth in Wellington; using a Participatory Action Research Model. This participatory process involved the Youth becoming project partners – sharing in research design, implementation, and presentation. Techniques such as mapping, drama, and focus group discussions were used. The research process aimed not only to research and develop tangible actions for change but also to build the capacity of the Youth. The most pertinent issues facing African Youth are interaction with the police and the legal system, sexual health and well-being, intergenerational tension, and interaction with teachers and the education system. A range of specific action strategies to meet the issues were developed by the youth.