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Theme: Development is people not things: Maendeleo ni watu si vitu.
YouLead is East Africa’s flagship Youth Leadership Development Program seeking to unlock youth leadership potential for a prosperous region. YouLead is a collective action youth program hosted by MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MSTCDC) and the East African Community (EAC) in Arusha, co-owned and supported by the YouLead Consortium of State and Non-State Partners across all the 6 East African Community (EAC) Member States in the spirit of United Nations Agenda 2030 – “Leaving no one Behind” and the African Union Agenda 2063 – “the Africa we want”.
YouLead works with political leaders, business leaders, government leaders,development partners, regional, continental and multilateral institutions, CSO’s, artist, media and youth led networks, movements, think tanks and thought leaders delivering as one.
Africa is the world’s youngest continent and this reality is reflected in the East African Community’s population profile. Youth power once harnessed correctly can accelerate change positively in a manner never seen before. The East African Youth bulge is tipping on a scale of either an asset or liability. The YouLead Program looks to capitalize on the asset of young East African demographic promises for individuals, countries and region’s advantage.
The YouLead Program is East African Community’s flagship youth leadership initiative to deliver the future of the region’s youthful promises as ‘One Young East Africa’ in its sophistication and diversity. We look to position youth as a resource pool for efficiently and effectively, driving the economic and political development of the region. Our goal is to connect young leaders to learn, explore, demand, innovate and create resilient sustainable solutions that aim to transform our communities through:
Toward Solidarity, Voice, Participation, Access to Economic Opportunities and Decent Work for East African Youth
YouLead is a large community with multiple constituencies and stakeholders, including YouLead Board of Patrons, YouLead secretariat, EAC Youth Ambassadors, YouLead Consortium Members, YouLead co- host organizations, and funding partners and sponsors, delegates and alumni among others.
Primary purpose and role is to promote program, open doors, enhance political legitimacy and advise on political matters
It is Headed by an EAC former Head of State nominated through an open call for nominations by youth across the EAC
All other Members are nominated through an open call for nominations and vetted by TESCO based on country, sector, gender and age group balance criteria
Composed of reresentatives (1 per org) of YouLead Promoting Orgs (currently MSTCDC, EAC, and TBI)
Promoters qualify by level of commitment to wnership of YouLead Programs
Commitment is by staff time, funds contributed and funds raised for YouLead programs at country and regional level
Primary role is to oversee the YouLead Secretariat and offer program oversight and guidance at regional all levels
YouLead Secretariat is made up of a team of dedicated young professionals - youth organizing and leadership specialists with various skills and talents. They offer their time and skills all year through to work toward advancement of YouLead’s short and long term ambitions.
East African Community Youth Ambassadors are East African youth between the age of 18 to 35 that support YouLead Secretariat to mobilize youth for the in-country events and raise awareness about YouLead Summit. They also support planning and execution of pre-summit events in their various countries and offer support at the regional summit in different activities.
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Born in 2017, the YouLead Summit has been co-hosted by Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MS TCDC), the EAC Political Affairs Department and a wide network of partners in East Africa and beyond. Pursuant to the provisions of the EAC Youth Policy (2016); priority 14 which mandates the EAC Secretariat to build networks and partnerships to, ‘Institute an Annual Youth Leaders’ Forum with the EAC Secretary General as a regional platform for youth engagement with the EAC leadership, YouLead amplifies youth voices in key regional governance and development processes and strengthens their mandate to participate in leadership at Partner States level.
YouLead summit facilitates cross-country youth networking to accelerate the EAC regional integration aspirations. Over 300 youth leaders, mentors, government officials and youth issues subject matter experts participate in each YouLead Summit edition in Arusha, Tanzania. YouLead Summit 2019 was held on November 11-13 and ended with the East African Youth Parliament running on 14th and 15th November 2019 at the East African Legislative Assembly Chambers. A key element of the YouLead Summit outcomes is the Post-Summit Agenda, a Master ”Plan of Works” that opens doors for collaboration with key partners in taking outcomes of the YouLead Summit forward in form of follow up actions and interventions.
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