Providing youth around the world with the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development

If you’re passionate about making a difference in your community and want to kickstart your social change adventure, the Youth in Development Fellowship is the place to be. Top-notch global experts will train you, and you’ll dive into practical workshops, peer mentorship, and exclusive networking opportunities. This fellowship is about unleashing your inner entrepreneur and giving you the tools to lead a sustainable social transformation. Join the ranks of past YID Fellows who’ve gone on to create impactful social enterprises, build successful careers in the social sector, and transform their communities for the better.

Are you eligible?

  • Demonstrated interest in starting a social enterprise and a career in the social sector
  • A great idea or initiative for social change 
  • Strongly demonstrated passion and ideas for social change
  • Age 19 to 35 on or before applying
  • Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English
  • Be from anywhere in the world
  • Availability to complete all the fellowship activities

Fellowship journey

To guide you in answering the application questions accurately, you may complete our social impact strategy course. Use coupon code YIDApplication to access the course for free.

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The Youth In Development started in 2019. 

The Youth in Development Fellowship program is a transformative initiative designed to empower young individuals by providing them with essential skills, mentorship, and opportunities for personal and professional growth. The program which began 2019, was designed to democratize opportunities and empower young individuals to start and sustain social ventures

The fellowship is open to young individuals aged 19 to 30 across the globe who are passionate about social change, community development, and making a positive impact in the lives of others.

The fellowship is dynamic, and every year, the components of the program are structured to meet the needs of the fellows. The components include a self-paced online course on social entrepreneurship, mentorship from experienced professionals, skill development workshops, community projects, and networking opportunities. Fellows will engage in activities aimed at fostering leadership, social entrepreneurship, and community development.

Key Components

Online Courses: Engage in comprehensive online courses covering the basics of starting a successful social enterprise, social impact strategy, financial planning and forecasting, and storytelling and marketing for social ventures.

Boot Camp: Participate in a three-day boot camp focused on social entrepreneurship and pitch
deck development facilitated by industry experts.
Pitch Presentation: Learn effective communication for social enterprise. Practice with coaches
and mentors.

Networking: Connect with a diverse network of like-minded individuals, organizations, and
potential collaborators

The duration of the fellowship program is six months. It is a comprehensive program designed to provide fellows with a meaningful and impactful experience.

Fellows will work on community-based projects that address specific social issues. These projects may include initiatives related to education, healthcare, environmental sustainability, or other areas that contribute to community development.

The selection process involves a thorough review of applications, considering factors such as passion for social change, leadership potential, and a commitment to community development. Shortlisted candidates may be invited for interviews.

Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking is mandatory for the fellowship. All the information will be communicated in English.

The Youth in Development Fellowship is a non-paid program. However, it provides valuable experiences,
mentorship and networking opportunities that contribute to personal and professional development.

The fellowship is designed to accommodate individuals with various commitments. Fellows are expected to manage their time effectively and engage fully in the program activities.

The application process typically involves submitting an online application, which includes a 100-word professional biography, a social venture idea, and an outline of professional progression. Detailed instructions will be provided in the application guidelines.

Upon completing the fellowship, fellows become part of a vibrant alumni network. They continue to
receive support, participate in alumni events, and have opportunities to collaborate on ongoing projects. The fellowship aims to create a lasting community of change-makers.

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