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Youngstars Foundation is one of Africa’s unique, life-changing youth organization operating in Abuja, Nigeria. From a weekly youth club in a local barber shop in 1995, Youngstars Foundation is growing to emerge as one of the lead youth non-profit that is building young people and strengthening youth organizations involved in development programs in Africa.

For several years, the organization received no funding but conducted activities in secondary schools until 2003 when it received its first funding from Allen Webster Winners Fund UK. Since then, it has partnered with British Council Nigeria, the Office of the Presidency on MDGs, ICNC USA, LYNX USA, Federal Ministry of Youth Development Nigeria, World Youth Alliance USA, SKYPE UK, IRI Nigeria and NDI Nigeria. The NED which has funded Youngstars Foundation annually since 2004 remains our key funder.

Youngstars Foundation is now in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), and  is registered with CAC Nigeria as Youngstars Development Initiative (CAC/IT/NO 21517) and in Ghana as Youngstars Development Initiative (G.21, 431).

Our Vision:
An Africa where the youth are deliberately developed to reach their fullest potentials, and actively leading the continent to sustainable peace, good governance, development and prosperity.

Our Mission:

We are a premium African youth NGO that is building young people and youth organization to actively participate in accountable leadership, impactful democratic governance and breakthrough innovations for the continent.

Thematic Areas:
  • High pedigree leadership
  • Accountable and impactful democratic governance.
  • Competitive home-grown Innovations.
  • Young Women Inclusion

Methodologies:

Research – Workshops and Trainings – Conferences and Forum – Debates – Challenges – Advocacies – Online Engagement – Video/Television/Radio productions and programming – Membership Clubs, Campaigns

OBJECTIVES

  • Increasing the quantity of high pedigree young leaders achieving global impact.
  • Increasing capacity building platforms for youth to actively participate in promoting public accountability, impactful and sustainable democratic governance.
  • Increasing youth voice and capacity to actively participate in public leadership at all levels and to actualize youth priorities.
  • Boosting youth collaboration towards homegrown African innovations, inventions and solutions for the continents challenges.
YOUNGSTARS PROGRAM SIXANT:
Participants shall…
  • Gain New Knowledge
  • Experience a mindshift
  • Acquire 21st Century Hands-on Skills
  • Boost Self-confidence
  • Be Inspired to take action.
  • Peer energy and networking.

NEW COMPELLING INSTITUTIONAL ASPIRATIONS (CIA) 2017 – 2025:

  • High Performing Corporate Youth Brand
  • Grow Youth Tv Africa to become a foremost youth centric media platform
  • Establish Pan African Youth Institute for Youth Centric Research, Publications, Toolkits Development and Solution Services
  • Establish Premium Youth Hostels in Abuja and Lagos
  • Establish Youngstars Chapters in atleast 25 African Countries
  • Achieve major global collaborations with A Class Nigerian and International Celebrities

OUR CORE VALUES

Respect for human life and dignity – Respect for diversity – Self belief – Self reliance – Integrity – Accountability – Hardwork – Productivity – Innovation – Excellence

Founder

KINGSLEY BANGWELL

IN THIS LIFE TIME, I WILL WORK FOR YOUTH ONLY, THAT IS WHY I WAKE UP EVERY DAY...

In 1995 at age 21 he started Youngstars Foundation in a local barber shop in Jos, Plateau state which has grown to have its headquarters in Abuja and an office in Accra Ghana. He works to build young people and strengthen youth organizations in the areas of democratic governance, entrepreneurship and leadership.

Since inception Youngstars has directly conducted over 60 workshops, facilitated over 500 stepdown workshops and hosted hundreds of radio and television programs. Youngstars conducted DESPLAY, the oldest annual youth democracy training program in Nigeria which wrapped up in its 10th year. Youngstars has also introduced Nigeria’ first political leadership preparatory program for youth called “Young Aspirants Leadership Fellowship – YALF”. They are currently piloting Nigeria’s first youth online television channel www.youthtvafrica.com   Youngstars has also launched Thinking School Africa that holds every November in Dubai for youth on Innovations.

Kingsley Bangwell is an ASHOKA Fellow, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, UNDP Innovation Consultant, an Alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy Leadership School of Public Policy- Harvard University, a fellow of Yale University 21st Century Leadership Module, as well as a Fellow of the Stanford Democracy and Leadership Program, among others. He is a 2012 Alumnus of the International Visitors Leadership Program – United States Government.

Between 2008 and 2011 he pastored the branch church of a local assembly and left visible transformation. He is well traveled and hosts a weekly family radio show with his wife in Abuja every Sunday 7pm on 99.9 Kiss FM titled Family Street. His 2020 dream is to build a world class youth development centre with hostel and training facilities in Nigeria.

 

Certifications

ASHOKA FELLOW

ALUMNUS-HARVARD KENNEDY LEADERSHIP SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

ALUMNUS-INTERNATIONAL VISITORS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM-USG

FELLOW-YALE UNIVERSITY 21ST CENTURY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

our management team

Blessing Iwuofor

Head of Administration

AYOMIPOSI AYODELE

Assistant Head of Administration

SUNDAY ADAJE

Director of Programs

EVARISTA DAUDU

Head, Communications Department

ABDULFATAH ADENIYI

Head, Accounts Department

OMATSEIYE MICHAEL

Head, Media Department

SOLOMON UKPORO

Head, ICT Department

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