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Youth Development Fellowship

The Youth Development Fellowship program is an annual flagship program of GAICAM which annually brings together young community leaders from across Cameroon and Africa to build their capacities and provide them with the skills and tools to effectively lead social change initiatives in their communities.

An increasing number of young people have the desiring to contribute to their development of their communities but lack the necessary tools to do so. The Youth Development Fellowship program was founded in 2016, after identifying a soaring number of young people in Cameroon with amazing social impact ideas but who lack inadequate knowledge, skills, and resources to implement them.

The aim of the Fellowship program is to strengthen the capacities of young people between 18 – 30 years old in Cameroon with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to transform their social impact ideas into visible and sustainable projects that will bring about positive change within their communities. The Fellowship equally equip these young people with relevant soft and technical skills that will go a long way to facilitate the attainment of their impact-driven projects in their communities.

The Fellowship program is carefully designed to put young people at the center of decision making and community development, aimed at exploring ways in which young people can engage with their local governments and communities in finding sustainable solutions to community challenges, while enhancing Peace-Building, Community Development and the fight against Climate Change. This is in an effort to invest in the next generation of community leaders who will serve as pavements to the growth and development of their communities.

This edition of the fellowship will focus on five key areas, namely: Ethical Leadership, Peace-Building, Community Development, Social Entrepreneurship and Climate Change. The selected young people from across Cameroon will participate in an intensive three days in-person training in Yaounde, followed by an exclusive mentorship and one-on-one coaching sessions with well-experienced mentors from Cameroon and across Africa. It will give these young peoples the unique opportunity to learn directly from entrepreneurs and social change leaders with exceptional track records of impact in Cameroon and across Africa.

Over the course of the program, Fellows will be required to carry out a step down (Pass-it-on) activity in their communities while participating in exclusive mentorship and one-on-one coaching sessions. Fellows with the most impactful community initiatives projects will receive seed funding and exclusive networking opportunities with funders and investors.

Interested applicants (male or female) who wish to participate in 2022 Fellowship, should;

  • Be between the ages of 18 – 30 on or before the application deadline.
  • Demonstrate interest in either Civic Leadership, Peace-Building, Social Entrepreneurship, Community Development or Climate Change.
  • Have an idea or initiative for social change.
  • Be resident in Cameroon, or willing to travel to Cameroon for the time being of the in-person Fellowship the expense of the participants.
  • Be able find accommodation in Yaoundé during the in-person Fellowship training in Yaounde.
  • Be ready to work collectively in team settings with others from diverse backgrounds.
  • Be able to attend a 3-day in-person Fellowship training in Yaoundé (November 23 -25).
  • Be bilingual or able to read and speak English.
  • Be willing and capable of conducting a Pass-it-on (PIO) activity to reach at least 50 persons and submit the report to qualify for funding and the Fellowship Impact award. Certificates are given only upon successful completion of the program.

    The following are some of the expected highlights of the 7 edition of the Fellowship program.

    1. The Fellowship will host 60 young community leaders selected from the 10 regions of Cameroon.
    2. The first in-person session of the fellowship is designed to host Panel Discussions, Interactive Sessions, Workshops and Group Training, Volunteerism and Community Activism, Environmental and Recreational Activities.
    3. The Fellowship will host a session on turning ideas into Social Enterprises and aligning Social Enterprises to SDGs.
    4. The Fellowship will host a session on Clarity and Storytelling for Social Change Leaders, and on planning and building viable Social Ventures.
    5. The Fellowship will host a session on Countering hate speech, violent extremism and on promoting Tolerance and Co-existence in Peace-building.
    6. The Fellowship will host a session on Civic Leadership and the Role of young Leaders in promoting community sustainable development.
    7. The Fellowship will host a session on Social Entrepreneurship and how young people can create social enterprises and businesses to boost employability and enhance the growth and development of their communities.
    8. The Fellowship will host a session on how young leaders can engage with their local governments and communities to enhance Civic leadership, Peace-Building, Community Development and the fight against Climate Change.
    9. The Fellowship will host a session on Public Speaking and the Responsible use of technology, internet and social media to foster Civic Leadership, Peace-Building, Community Development and the Fight against Climate Change.
    10. This year’s edition of the Fellowship will welcome 15 Former Fellows who are creating real impact in their communities to share their work and impact with the current fellows.
    11. During the two in-person phases of the Fellowship, there shall be a cultural night, where participants are to participate in the fellowship cultural festival and fashion displace.
    12. After the first phase of the Fellowship program, each fellow will be required to conduct a Step down (Pass-it-on) activity to reach at least 50 persons in their communities. Fellows are expected to give back to their community from the knowledge and the skillsets gained during the first in-person phases of the Fellowship.
      1. Fellows will be issued the Fellowship training kid.
      2. Fellows will be issued the Fellowship official T-shirt and participation badge.
      3. Fellows will benefit from a Six months FREE mentorship and coaching.
      4. Fellows will be awarded participation certificate be used anywhere in the world.
      5. Fellows with the most outstanding community impact project will be awarded the Fellowship Impact Award and a cash prize for project funding.
      6. Fellows will benefit from monthly online training workshops and mentorship sessions with the Fellowship team and well-experienced mentors from Cameroon and across Africa to support their journey as community change makers from December to March 2023.
      7. Fellows will have a unique opportunity to learn directly from social change leaders with exceptional track records of impact in Cameroon and across Africa.
      8. Fellows will be exposed to exclusive opportunities and high-level networks of professionals from across Africa and beyond.
      9. Fellows will be opportune to benefit from Professional reference and recommended for international programs and opportunities.
      10. Fellows will benefit from one-on-one coaching and interactions with top business experts and exceptional social entrepreneurs from across Cameroon during the in-person meeting.
      11. Fellow will benefit from support and collaborations through our growing networks of exceptional social entrepreneurs and program alumni.
        1. There would be a significant increase in the creation of social enterprises by the fellows, leading to job creation, hence reducing unemployment and other social illness resulting from youth unemployment, while boosting community growth and development.
        2. Over 90% of these young community leaders will launch community change initiatives to impact their communities; transforming lives and promoting growth within their communities.
        3. The step down (Pass-it-on) activity which fellows are required to organize in their respective communities to reach at least 50 persons will indirectly impact over 3000 lives and directly impact at least 10,000 lives in 50 different communities.
        4. These young change makers will engage with their local governments and communities to find sustainable solutions to community challenges, while enhancing Civic Leadership, Peace-Building, Community Development and the fight against Climate Change.
        5. The engagement of these young people in providing sustainable solutions to community challenges would greatly help contribute to the attainment of global agenda such as the Sustainable Development Goals, Agenda 2030, the African Union Agenda 2063, Commonwealth Core Values and other global goals.
        6. The skills gained from the fellowship and the various step down (Pass-it-on) activities to be organize by fellows will greatly improve living standards and change lives positively.
        7. There would be an increase in skilled young community leaders, equipped with the skills, resources and competences to contribute to a stable and vibrant community growth in line with the 2030 Agenda.
          • All prospective applicants should fill out the online application form.
          • The application must be completed in English.
          • All applications must be submitted no later than November 5, 2022.
          • Selection will be based on responses to the essay questions in the application form and the community initiative presented by the candidate.

            1. Accommodation, Meals and Transportation

            Meals (snacks) are covered by the Fellowship organizers during the in-person session of the Fellowship. Meanwhile, fellows (participants) are responsible for their accommodation and roundtrip to and from Yaounde, in case they are not based in Yaounde.

            1. Community Activism (Past-it-on)

            Fellows will be required to conduct a Pass-it-on activity to reach at least 50 persons in their community and submit the report to qualify for funding and the Fellowship Impact award.  Fellows with the most impactful community initiatives projects will receive cash prize and exclusive networking opportunities with funders and investors. Certificates are given only upon successful completion of the program.

            1. Participation Certificate

            Each attendee who successfully complete the program shall be awarded a Certificate of completion and the Fellowship transcript.

            1. Scenario where Certificates CANNOT be issued to participants
            • When a participant fail to complete the program.
            • When a participation do not organize a past-it-on activity to touch at least 50 persons.
            • When a participant engage on activities to sabotage the Fellowship program.
            • When participants fail to submit their reports.
            • When participants fail to participate in all the fellowship activities.
            1. Fellowship Sessions

            During the two in-person fellowship phases, daily sessions shall commence at 8:30am and end at 6:30pm. All sessions are compulsory for all participants.

            1. Participant working groups

            Each in-person Fellowship program is carefully designed to be interactive and participatory. Fellows are therefore encouraged to contribute in their own personal capacity. During the in-person sessions, fellows will be shared into various service group for active participation. The major task of the service group is to know the needs of the participants and to pass on the information to the Fellowship team for immediate action. This ensures that the fellows contribute to the success of the fellowship program. The various groups will be made known during the orientation phase.

            1. Late Coming/Absenteeism

            The fellowship team shall not tolerate late coming or absenteeism at the event. Any participant who comes late to, or absents from session(s) for more than three times during the training shall be expel from the program with immediate effect.

            1. Smoking/alcohol

            Smoking is not permitted in the Fellowship venue. If you wish to smoke, please ensure that you move away from the vicinity. For participants who take alcohol, you are advised not to take alcohol before or during the sessions or you may be asked to forfeit that session.

            1. Health and other contingencies

            You are advised to ensure that you are medically fit to attend this event. While we may not insist on medical reports from participants, we advise you to inform us in advance of any special health condition peculiar to you. We shall not be responsible for any health condition or medical cost that may be incurred during or in the process of attending the in-person phases of the fellowship. We regret that we cannot provide health insurance cover for our attendees. However, we shall be attentive to administer possible first aid measures and provide information and directives to get necessary medical attention should the need arise.

            In addition, participants are encouraged to be very vigilant towards their personal possessions as we shall take no responsibility for any loss of private possessions incurred during or in the process of attending the in-person fellowship.

            1. Dress Code

            Dressing could be formal or informal, western or traditional, but we suggest that moderation in dressing should guide participants. We strongly advise against dressing in a manner that unduly exposes sensitive body parts at any level.

            1. Special Dress Code

            During the last day of each in-person phases of the fellowship, all participants are required to dress in their traditional local attires to promote Cameroon cultural diversity and Africanism.

            For inquiries or partnership, contact;

            Call/WhatsApp: +237 650 940 341

            Email: yodef@gaicaminternational.org