WHO WE ARE

We are Africa’s flagship Youth Leadership Program working to unlock youth leadership potential for a prosperous continent by identifying, recognizing, connecting and fostering cooperation among Africa’s vibrant and influential young leaders and their initiatives.

YouLead is a joint initiative of MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MSTCDC) and the East African Community (EAC) in Arusha, Tanzania. H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, former President of Tanzania is YouLead Africa’s current Patron.

WORD FROM PATRON

(H.E Jakaya Kikwete former President of Tanzania)

Excellencies, distinguished young people and my dear friends. It is heart-warming for me to share this welcome message in my capacity as YouLead’s Patron. It is indeed, my singular honour to serve in this capacity.

YouLead Africa is now Africa’s largest and most diverse multi-stakeholder platform for actors from all over Africa to craft responses to the continent’s rapidly growing youth population, their challenges and opportunities.

I thank the young people of East Africa and Africa as a whole for according me the rare honour of being Patron of YouLead. I call upon policymakers, development partners, private sector, the media, civil society, and other stakeholders, to be part of and support YouLead’s vision of transforming Africa and putting youth in the driving seat toward Africa’s Agenda 2063. I thank you!

H.E JAKAYA M. Kikwete
Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania

YouLead’s Vision

A One Young Africa where dreams are born and youth become Leaders

YouLead’s Mission

Towards Solidarity, Voice, Participation, Access to Economic Opportunities and Decent work for African Youth

YouLead’s values

Apolitical Intentional gender mainstreaming Intersectionality Integrity

Our work is premised on our passion and apparent need for mobilising, skilling and tooling African young women and men for effective participation in economic and political life.

Two Program Pillars form the foundations of our work and provide opportunities and entry points for quick wins and long term impact partnerships through our signature multi-stakeholder youth programming and engagement approach.

Explores models and solutions on youth participation in political life - how youth leadership in public sector governance can be re-invented and entrenched.

Enhance the capacity of youth in business, trade and enterprise to advocate for youth friendly economic policies and effectively Pursue economic opportunities and decent work.

Amplify youth voices, build the capacity of youth political leaders and increase the number of youth leaders holding positions of policy decision making responsibility in political Governance, Peace Building, Conflict prevention and transformation institutions and processes.

Amplify youth voices, build the capacity of youth political leaders and increase the number of youth leaders holding positions of policy decision making responsibility in political Governance, Peace Building, Conflict prevention and transformation institutions and processes.

Experience YouLead Africa

YouLead Summit is YouLead’s annual climax event and is now Africa’s largest and most diverse forum of young leaders, mentors, government policy makers, development partners, private sector, academia, media and civil society from all over Africa to craft responses to the continent’s rapidly growing youth population, their challenges and opportunities.

Our Impact & Legacy

Youth in Politics

The Inaugural Arusha Debates

Youth in Business