Leadership program

The leadership program will ultimately ensure a cadre of youth conservation professionals that are contributing to the continent’s Agenda 2063 goals as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The program will equip leaders and change agents with the practical skills and systems thinking to move from intention to action to solve urgent challenges, leveraging on the principles and practices of Ubuntu to co-create Africa’s future.
The program is designed and will be delivered as a collaboration between Africa Alliance of YMCAs (AAYMCA), African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Scouts Regional Office for Africa.

Structure

Training Needs Assessment

This will be conducted in March 2020 as soon as the Top 100 are announced as part of the first contact with them and in preparation for the Leadership Programme. The assessment will advise specific areas where the Top 100 identify as areas where they need skills building or mentoring on.

Training Delivery

The training and mentorship will be delivered through a mixture of pre-recorded content, interactive webinars, individual assignments, Mentoring sessions (“hangouts”) and Peer Conversations (“vibes”). The Top 100 will also have access to an online exclusive platform for interaction with one another and mentors in the course of the training programme. They will also be required to complete assignments that are aimed at enable them put to put into practice the knowledge they are gaining.

Course content

The partner organizations have anticipated the following as key learning needs areas but is aware that some may be removed or modified as a result of the needs assessment conducted soon after the announcement is made.

Module 1: Introduction to Self and the Cause

  • Self-discovery; Connecting who you are with what you do and why you do it
  • Africa Renaissance; Connecting with the principles of Ubuntu, Pan-Africanism and the Africa We Want (Agenda 2063)
  • Community Mobilization; Skills for how to rally community for support and engagement in your cause, connecting it to their needs
  • Resource Mobilization; Skills on how to find the right resources for your cause
  • Communication; Skills for storytelling, social media campaigning, and other modes of communication that can be useful for increasing visibility of impact and resource mobilization.
  • Connecting to most urgent needs that are specific to conservation of Nature
  • Connecting to most urgent needs that are specific to conservation of Wildlife

Module 2: Developing Political Voice

  • Watch Dogging; What does a watch-dog do and how do they do it effectively?
  • Advocacy Campaigns; How do you develop and implement an effective advocacy campaign?
  • Networking; How to connect with partners, allies and competitors of your cause
  • Learning by doing; How to gather and use learning in the process of pursuing your cause
  • Monitoring Evaluation Research and Learning; How to effectively measure your results and impact.

Module 3: Refining the cause and connecting to opportunities

Using the 3i (ideation, Implementation and Iteration) Youth will have an opportunity refine their initiatives and develop strategies for upscaling and ensuring sustainability of their causes based on the learning and experiences from the programme. This will be through a guided process which included some pre-recorded sessions, tools and interactions with facilitator.

Connecting to opportunities

As part of the leadership programme the youth will have access to a pool of opportunities that will be collated by the collaborating partners. This include opportunities for further training, crowd funds, and connecting to other continental and global campaigns in conservation.