The YCA launches yet another exciting program to create continental flagships to accelerate youth empowerment efforts. The very objective of this challenge is to amplify the work of national YouthConnekt programs by creating impactful continental flagships to empower young people. This program provides an opportunity to design intervention based on the strengths of the national YC program, current youth development priorities, or scaling up of an initiative. A seed grant of (USD 5000 to 6000) will be given to selected member countries to pilot any intervention under the selected cluster.
2. YouthConnekt Africa Summit
The YouthConnekt Africa Summit is an annual convening that connects youth from across the continent and beyond with policy influencers, political leaders, and public, private and development sector institutions to engage, discuss, design, and accelerate youth empowerment efforts at a continental level. This year’s summit will focus on “Positioning African Youth to cater for the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) Market.
3. YouthConnekt Africa Country Analysis
The YouthConnekt Africa Hub as a regional ecosystem partner that supports Governments and national ecosystems, is mandated to support in an advisory capacity with the modelling and adaptation of policies that meet the changing demands and contexts of nations. By working with national chapters, the YouthConnekt will develop knowledge from emerging best practices and successful programs that have demonstrated scaleble solutions to the issues pertaining youth socio-economic transformation in Africa. This exercise spanning the 22 national chapters will identify opportunities and gaps in the implementation of national youth policies and serve as a basis of policy and programmatic recommendations and support.
4. Regional iAccelerator
In partnership with the Regional UNFPA Africa office, the YouthConnekt Africa Hub will curate and disseminate educational content on youth sexual and reproductive health and mental health to help address existing and emerging challenges of youth access to information and services on the themes. The Hub will also identify key policy and programmatic thematic around youth health to discuss with national ecosystems within the platform of the YouthConnekt Africa Summit.