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Young African Leaders Meet in Zimbabwe

Subject to Citizen Summit Empowers for the the African African Renaissance



This week 15 young leaders from around Africa have gathered in Kadoma, Zimbabwe to complete the four-year Subject to Citizen (S2C) youth leadership initiative, coordinated by the Africa Alliance of YMCAs (AAYMCA).
  The program is aimed at transforming youth from subjects in their communities, to citizens who are creative and capable of generating positive impact from their actions for themselves and other youth.  The story can be found below...



Photo credit: African Alliance of YMCAs

This week 15 young YMCA leaders from around Africa have gathered in Kadoma, Zimbabwe to complete a unique four-year training programme, run by the Africa Alliance of YMCAs (AAYMCA).

These youth are graduating from the Subject to Citizen (S2C) Ambassador programme, which is a youth leadership development initiative, designed to empower young people for the African Renaissance.


 S2C emphasises the importance of young people having a voice, space and ability to influence their choices and the outcome of their lives as individuals and within their communities. It is aimed at transforming youth from subjects who are open to exploitation, abuses and manipulation, to citizens who are creative and capable of generating positive impact from their actions for themselves and other youth.


“During this training, we are focusing on personal leadership development to ensure our youth are self-aware, self-critical and conscious of decision-making that affects their ability to lead other youth in a positive way,” said Mutale Chanda, Youth Representative for the AAYMCA.


As well as this, youth are being trained in skills of advocacy through the media, presentation and facilitation.


 S2C Ambassadors are trained in various leadership skills, from understanding the concepts of citizenship, leadership and a root cause analysis approach to problem solving, to the skills for communicating for influence, to personal leadership styles through coaching. During this period, they learn to formulate a position on issues, articulate their viewpoints and advocate for positive change in their communities and countries.


“We are very proud of this first group of Ambassadors, who are graduating from the programme at the end of the week. We now look to them to play a leadership role in the new group of S2C Ambassadors who will be coming on board with the Youth Summit we are hosting next week,” said Mutale.




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The Africa Alliance of YMCAs (AAYMCA) is a leading pan African youth development network on the continent, representing national movements in 22 countries. Through their programmes and projects, AAYMCA gives marginalised youth the opportunity for personal development and empowerment, and equip them with the skills to develop into leaders to make an impact on future generations.



Posted by Karibu Foundation - Last updated 12.06.2012