About Youth Development Fellowship

The Youth Development Fellowship (YODEF) is a United Nations Model program for young leaders, carefully designed to strengthen the capacities of young people for community impact and the Global Goals.

The program annually strengthens the capacities of young people selected from across Cameroon and other parts of Africa, empowering these youths with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to transform their social impact ideas into visible and sustainable solutions for community challenges, as well as contribute solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing our planet.

There is an increasing number of young people who desire to contribute to solutions to challenges facing their communities and our planet, but over 80% of these young people lack the necessary skills and tools to do so.

Youths are potential partners in the fight against some of the challenges facing our planet, including the effective promotion and attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and other Global Goals. Strengthening the capacities of young people by equipping them 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 is of paramount importance to our planet.

The Youth Development Fellowship is therefore carefully designed to put young people at the center of finding sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by their communities, nation, and planet. The program empowers promising changemakers with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to transform their social impact ideas into valuable, feasible, and sustainable solutions to community challenges while effectively promoting the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and other Global Goals, as well as facilitating intercultural learning and experience sharing among these young leaders.

 

Important Notes about the 2024 Youth Development Fellowship

  1. Do not apply for this fellowship program if you are under 18 or over 35 years old.
  2. Only youth delegates from Cameroon and other parts of Africa are eligible for this program.
  3. Only youth delegates who are passionate about the SDGs and the development of their communities are eligible.
  4. Only youth delegates who are ideally bilingual or able to read and speak English are eligible.
  5. The Fellowship will be hosted in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from July 29 – August 1, 2024.
  6. All youth delegates will be provided FREE accommodation (camped) in the same complex where the trainings will take place.
  7. All youth delegates will receive FREE training on community activism and Global Goals.
  8. All youth delegates will be issued FREE digital participation certificates.
  9. All youth delegates will be issued FREE participation badges.
  10. All youth delegates will be issued a FREE fellowship skid and other gadgets.
  11. All youth delegates will benefit from six months of FREE mentorship and coaching.
  12. All youth delegates will be provided with FREE breakfast, lunch, and supper.
  13. All youth delegates are responsible for their round trip to Yaoundé, Cameroon.
  14. Each delegate will present a brief community project indicated in Section 4 of this application form before a panel of judges.

 

The application fee is just $25 (15.500xaf) per delegate. You are required to pay this amount as soon as you are admitted and before July 15, 2024. GAICAM and Partners have taken care of the entire expenses, so participants can pay just the application fee.

The Fellowship Structure

The Youth Development Fellowship program is structured into two separate phases, carefully designed to put young people at the center of finding sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by their communities, nation, and planet today.

 

PHASE ONE

The first phase of the fellowship program focuses on community need assessment, where interested candidates are required to carry out a need assessment of their communities and submit a brief community solution through the application, indicating an interest in taking part in the fellowship program. This phase allows candidates with community solutions to be selected for the program.

 

PHASE TWO

The second phase of the Fellowship program is a four-day in-person training in Yaoundé, Cameroon, where all the selected youth delegates are programmed to go through intensive training to gain a wide range of skills, including project development, resource mobilization, and others, with the objective of enabling them to transform their social impact ideas into valuable, feasible, and sustainable solutions. After their training, they are awarded participation certificates and provided free mentorship to accompany them in the implementation of their community projects.

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