The Youth in Development Fellowship provides civic leaders and social entrepreneurs with the skills and tools to lead social change initiatives effectively. Most of the Alumni of this program have gone ahead to create viable and highly impactful social ventures and programs that are transforming their communities’ social and economic landscapes. YID Fellows engage in a 6-month professional development program. In a transformative learning experience, fellows will hone their leadership skills and lead sustainable social change. These young leaders would have the unique opportunity to learn directly from social change leaders with exceptional track records and academics worldwide.
Participants would become a part of the Impact Toolbox formidable network of social change leaders. At the end of the fellowship, fellows will develop action plans and social venture idea proposals that reflect what they have learned. Fellows will also enjoy complimentary access to over $1500 worth of online courses, exclusive mentorship and one-on-one strategy sessions, connection to peer collaborators from other parts of the world, the opportunity to pitch for some small amount of seed funding and exclusive networking opportunities.
The third edition of the Youth in Development Boot Camp and Fellowship is open to young African leaders involved in community development and achieving socio-economic development across different African communities. The 2022 Youth in Development Boot Camp and Fellowship would be held virtually and open to young people between 18-30. We have designed our recruitment process to deliver value to everyone who applies.
Application Process & Program Overview
- Demonstrated interest in civic leadership and career in the social sector
- Have an idea or initiative for social change
- Be between the ages of 18-30 on or before the application deadline
- Be a citizen of an African country and must reside and work on the continent
- Be proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English
- Be available to complete all the weekly activities included in the six months duration of the fellowship.
- Submit your application on or before December 8, 2021
Featured YID Fellows
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:
Not until joining the platform, did I understand the need to be deliberate in strategic planning and management. The program has immensely improved my skills in leadership, community development and has practically demonstrated the importance of networking and collaborations. I am grateful for being a member of this great community of vibrant minds who are willing and ready to make positive changes for a better world. At Vision Redefined Foundation, we offer affordable and accessible eye health services to visually challenged children and adults living in hard-to-reach rural communities in Nigeria. We have improved the sight of over 600 school-aged children suffering various challenges of poor vision and have improved quality of life of over 2000 visually challenged adults.
My mantra in life is to Learn, Unlearn and Relearn. This was the mindset I brought to this program and there has been no room for regret. Joining this platform has not only prepared me to become a better leader but it also made me to appreciate my wins and milestones. I’ve learnt thus far that problems exist everywhere, however my ability to discover the problem and proffer lasting solutions makes me a leader. This platform has also proven that collaboration has become the next big thing in the developmental space.
Since I have been attending training and fellowship programs, I have never encountered the kind of learning experience I’ve got on this platform so far. I never believed I could garner as much relevant learning experience, knowledge and skills needed to help with the smooth running of my organization in the shortest possible time. The curriculum is way too mind blowing and the network of social impact leaders I got was top-notch. So far, my organization, The Mindset Africa has trained over 350 teenagers across 4 communities in south west Nigeria with relevant leadership and digital literacy skills needed to prepare them for the future of work.
I have not attended a training that is so insightful and impactful as this. I have better understood my target audience and rebranded my idea to better position it for global opportunities. I had the golden opportunity to interact and meet with social change leaders from across the continent that answered my questions personally. This is the best social change training I have attended. My organization, Brace-up The Young educate and mentor young people to become innovative and accountable leaders in Nigeria. We have empowered over 323 youth with leadership skills needed to thrive in the 21st century.
The platform feels like a closely knitted nuclear family, collaborating and growing together. Impact toolbox offers a well-planned and strategic platform that has so far helped me redefine, reshape and reposition myself and Yattiyr Scholarship Initiative as a better social change venture. Yattiyr Scholarship Initiative has provided 50 scholarships to indigent students, trained 1500 public secondary students on leadership.