The youth in development virtual fellowship provides emerging civic leaders and social entrepreneurs with the skills and tools to lead social change initiatives effectively. Fellows are trained through boot camps and seminars delivered by subject experts worldwide. Alumni of this program have gone ahead to create viable and highly impactful social ventures and lead programs that are transforming their communities’ social and economic landscapes. YID Fellows engage in a transformative learning experience, where they hone their entrepreneurship skills while learning to lead sustainable social change. Fellows will enjoy complimentary access to social innovation training, exclusive mentorship and coaching sessions, global peer collaborations and other benefits of our 4-month venture incubation program and exclusive networking opportunities. 


  • Interest in leading a social venture and a career in the social sector
  • Excellent idea or initiative for social change 
  • Age 19 to 30 on or before 27th of February.
  • Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking english
  • Availability to complete all the weekly activities included in the application process and the four-month fellowship and incubation program. 

Application Process

  • Stage One – Submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI): Initial application – EOI does not have a deadline. Submissions are received and reviewed on a rolling basis. Successful applicants are selected based on their passion and interest in civic leadership and social entrepreneurship. Successful applicants will be informed within 48 hours and provided with the necessary information for the next stage. 
  • Stage Two – Online  Social Entrepreneurship & Strategy Courses: Applicants selected to progress to stage two will be asked to complete five short courses on our platform and attend some live virtual sessions. Through these courses, you will learn to develop and submit your theory of change, strategic plan, business model, a minimal viable product (MVP), and a go-to-market strategy. You will receive a completion certificate for each training.
  • Stage Three -Submit Full Application: Based on the result of the courses and participation in the live sessions, we will invite qualified applicants to submit a second stage application. You will complete a short form to provide any updates on your ideas and interests. You will reflect on the knowledge acquired so far and upload your certificates. 
  • Stage Four – Finalist Announcement We will begin to review all submissions on February 27th and announce the next cohort of YID Fellows four weeks after. 
  • Stage Five – 4-Month Fellowship & Post-Fellowship Benefits: Fellows will participate in an intensive four-month incubation program and online learning experience that will include training on fundraising, systems thinking, storytelling, marketing, policy advocacy and growth strategies while drawing inspiration from distinguished facilitators. We have designed the fellowship sessions to educate, inspire and help expand your network. You will earn a badge of honour, affiliation and continuous support of your work. We will connect you with partners and peer collaborators within and outside our network.


Youth In Development (YID) Fellows come from different parts of Africa, transforming socio-economic landscapes and promoting equity, peace, and sustainable livelihood through their projects. Every year, fellows are chosen from a pool of thousands of applicants. Some of our amazing fellows are featured below:”

Brenda Nakanwagi, Farmer Evolve

Venture: Farmer Evolve (Uganda) Founder: Brenda Nakanwagi Testimonial: Farmer Evolve is an initiative that has set out to alleviate poverty among smallholder farmers and promote food security. They are doing this through Agricultural Training and Financing. They train farmers’ better farming methods, after which we

Venture Spotlight – NI’mah Andre Foundation

Venture: Ni’mah Andre Foundation Founder: Iresalewa Muhammed-Bello Impact: Fully paid for over 80 medical emergencies through crowdfunding Funds raised: $40k + Story: Ni’mah Andre foundation is a non-profit organization with a core focus on driving inclusivity and access to quality medical care for all, especially

Yattiyr Scholarship initiative

In 2006, four thousand workers at the Nigeria Telecommunication (NITEL) lost their jobs. John Fatoye’s father was one of them. At the time, John was in his second year of junior school. It didn’t take long before he began to feel the impact of financial

Venture Spotlight -U-recycle Initiative

Venture: U-Recycle Founder: Oluwaseyi Moejoh Website: www.urecycleinitiative.org/ Story: Oluwaseyi Moejoh is the founder of the U-recycle Initiative. U-recycle Initiative is a social enterprise that educates schools and communities about the value of recycling by creating programs and proffering deep-rooted solutions to make recycling waste more