Class of 2006 – HBA, Innis
Rhodes Scholar Kofi Hope attended Oxford University in October 2007 to pursue a Masters degree in African Studies. Kofi graduated with high distinction from Innis College in June 2006, majoring in Political Science with minors in African Studies and World Religions. Since graduating, Kofi has been running the United Church of Canada’s Youth Connections program, traveling nationally to help increase the capacity of the church to work with black, aboriginal, and Asian/South Asian youth in social justice settings. He is chair and founder of the Black Youth Coalition Against Violence (BYCAV), a group that works to foster empowerment amongst black youth and advocates for black youth in discussions around the issue of gun violence.
Named by the Toronto Star one of the “10 People to Watch in 2006,” Kofi has been a dedicated community activist since high school. Through BYCAV, he has advocated for black youth to politicians, including the prime minister, and across the national media. Kofi was President of the U of T Black Students’ Association 2006-2007, Vice President of Operations 2005-2006, and was Director of the Erin Mills Youth Outreach Program (2002-2005), a youth drop-in and literacy program run out of Erin Mills United Church.