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Youth in Development Fellowship for Africans involved in Community Development

Deadline: December 8th, 2021

The Sozo Networks in collaboration with Impact Toolbox are currently taking applications for the 3rd cohort of Youth in Development (YID) Boot Camp and Fellowship from young African leaders involved in community development and achieving socio-economic development through the use of innovative technology across different African communities. They have designed the recruitment process to deliver value to everyone who applies.

The Youth in Development Fellowship provides emerging civic leaders and social entrepreneurs with the skills and tools to lead social change initiatives effectively. 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 leadership skills and lead sustainable social change. These young leaders have the unique opportunity to learn directly from social change leaders with exceptional track records and academics worldwide.

Participants become a part of the Impact Toolbox formidable network of social change leaders. Fellows will enjoy complimentary access to online courses, exclusive mentorship and one-on-one coaching 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 with funders and investors.

Why You Should Apply

The YID fellowship application and selection process is designed to ensure that you derive substantial benefits just by going through the application process. When selected as a Fellow, you will have access to:

  • Investment Pitch Lab to Position your Venture for Investments & Grant Funding.
  • Mentorship Series and Peer collaboration with student entrepreneurs from top universities across North America.
  • One-on-one coaching and interactions with top business experts and exceptional social entrepreneurs from across the world
  • Critical peer feedback, support and collaborations through the growing networks of exceptional social entrepreneurs and program alumni
  • Opportunity to apply for Impact Toolbox Prototype Fund & Connections to other funding opportunities.
  • The YID Fellowship serves as a pipeline for other prestigious professional development and investment opportunities.

Who Can Apply?

Interested fellows should possess the following qualities:

  • 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.

How to Apply

The application process is in four stages, which are individually beneficial to fellows:

  • Application Submission & Review: Applicants are invited to submit applications. Successful applicants will be selected to progress to the next step on merit based on their passion and demonstrated interest in civic leadership and social entrepreneurship.
  • Social Entrepreneurship & Strategy Course: Applicants selected to progress to stage two will participate in strategic planning and social entrepreneurship course. During this course, you will develop and submit your theory of change, strategic plan and business model. You will receive a course completion certificate and invitation to progress to the third phase based on the quality of your submissions.
  • 3-Day Venture Creation Boot Camp: They will invite applicants that progress to the third stage to attend a three-day boot camp hosted onsite or online by the local partners and community ambassadors. During the boot camp, you will learn about leadership, business planning, customer discovery and achieving product-market fit. After the boot camp, you will submit a venture business model and a sketch of your MVP. You will receive a certificate, and successful participants will become Fellows.
  • Finalist Announcement & 6-Month Fellowship: YID Fellows will be announced, profiled on the websites and widely celebrated. They will invite them to participate in the intensive six-month fellowship, including training on grant writing, monitoring and evaluation, financial modelling, storytelling and marketing, positioning for investments, policy advocacy & political participation. Fellows will also enjoy all the highlighted fellowship benefits.

Visit Youth in Development Fellowship for more information,

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