Background

In partnership with Afrika Youth Movement (AYM), Afresist presents the Afresist Youth Leadership Program (AYLP), a training programme rooted in the belief that African youth can be everyday pan-Africanists, everyday leaders, everyday activists.

While various leadership programs targeting African youth do exist, most times there is either little or no focus on African knowledge, philosophy and models.

This is disempowering for African youth because it creates the perception that African youth and Africans, in general, must look outside of Africa for best practice models.

Consequently, AYLP is a step towards addressing this gap by supporting, empowering, nurturing and creating Pan-African spaces for African youth. AYLP focuses on three key modules, each rooted in self-disciple and action: Pan-Africanism, Leadership and Non-Violence.

Philosophy

The Afresist Youth Leadership Programme is more than a training programme – it is a philosophy, a new model that is in harmony with the Africa We Want.

It is designed and directed by Africans for Africans. As Africans, we have always been participants in programmes directed by others, but it is time for us to produce our philosophy of leadership driven by African and feminist wisdom and values.

These will be the vehicles driving the Africa we dream of that has eluded us for generations. We need to think outside the box and develop new successful leadership models and decolonize conceptions that feed into current western centred leadership programs.

AYLP, therefore, aims to shift the conversation about youth leadership from Western models of peaceful free and fair elections as indicators of democracy to everyday active citizenship.

The leadership program is designed to support and train youth who are interested in activism as well as those who are discovering their place and role in society.

It targets youth from diverse backgrounds across Africa, including rural and urban. It aims at training youth to draw from their environment, history and indigenous wisdom systems to create social change that embraces inclusion and diversity.

Who should apply?

  • African youth residing in Africa and the Diaspora
  • Global South youth (Latin America, Asia, Middle East, Oceania)
  • 18-25 years old at the time of submitting the application
  • Have a genuine interest in personal growth and self-empowerment
  • Be aspiring or young leaders in their communities

Program

The two-phase program offers two weeks of intensive training which provides participants with an experience that will equip them with skills, knowledge and network to own and build the Africa We Want!

There will be online activities and engagement which will take place throughout the program; and two ‘face-to-face’ training sessions on the continent.

Centred on Pan-African philosophy, participants will gain knowledge on various theoretical and practical approaches that include:

  • Intersectional Analysis
  • Decolonization
  • African Leadership and Wisdom
  • Postcolonial Africa
  • Concept of Power
  • African-inspired self-care tools
  • Storytelling
  • Intergenerational dialogue
  • African Art and Spirituality
  • African Women’s wisdom

In a nutshell, participants will be learning and sharing experiences to reflect, collaborate and co-create their vision for Africa.