Adar Abdulkadir

RISE Manager West


While pursuing a degree in Criminology, Adar worked with after school programs and summer camps that served diverse youth in Ottawa. From there, she earned a Master's degree in Criminology from Simon Fraser University where she completed a thesis on the experiences of religious minorities in Canadian correctional facilities and a work placement in a local detention centre. Through her work with youth and adults who have come into contact with the justice system, Adar was galvanized into work aimed towards improving the well-being of marginalized communities in Canada. Next, she served as the Project Manager for a federally funded program aimed at improving the mental and emotional well-being of Somali-Canadian youth in Ottawa and Edmonton. Her passion for managing youth-centred programs led her to the RISE Project with Apathy is Boring, where she has the privilege of working with a deeply-passionate youth-led team.

“The thing that excites me about Apathy is Boring is that they don’t only encourage all youth to recognize that they belong at decision-making tables; they provide a roadmap to access those spaces; tips to help amplify their voices and cheer them on every step of the way!”