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The CANVASSITY Pan African Youth Democracy Fellowship Institutional Learning Visit to the African Union

Haven demonstrated commitment and reasonable advancement in their post-semester one activities, CANVASSITY Pan African fellows from 6 different African countries arrived in Addis Ababa with a lot of expectation for a one-week institutional learning visit to the Headquarters of the African Union in Ethiopia. This is done in partnership with the African Governance Architecture (AGA) Secretariat, Department of Political Affairs, African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During the learning visit, fellows will meet with the different units of the AU and other regional institutions to learn about their roles in advancing democracy and good governance.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Youngstars Foundation is an exciting high performing nonprofit youth organization based in Abuja Nigeria and Accra Ghana. We work with youth in the areas of leadership capacity, democratic governance and entrepreneurship/ innovations. We are constantly thinking outside the box and creating high value youth projects. Do you want to gain world class experience?

Job Title: WEB MASTER

Youngstars Foundation, a nonprofit youth based organization in Abuja is seeking a Webmaster to join its team.

Qualifications

  • BSc/HND in Computer Science Or any other qualification in computing
  • An experienced Webmaster of at least 2 years’ experience with proof of achievement
  • Between 21 and 30 years of age.

Job Requirement

  • Applicant must have experience in WordPress Content Management System (CMS) Development, HTML5, CSS, and PHP, JavaScript and intermediate­to­advanced skill level in at least one OO programming language.
  • Applicant will need to be competent in graphic design using Photoshop, Fireworks and Corel Draw with a constant desire to push boundaries.
  • Applicant will also be required to demonstrate outstanding organizational abilities coupled with a confident approach to communicating at varied levels.
  • Applicant will need to be an enthusiastic worker passionate about growing skills and driving new ideas and initiatives forward.

Skills Set

WordPress, HTML, CSS, PHP, MYSQL, Photoshop, Fireworks, Corel Draw and at least one OO programming language.

NB: Applicant with knowledge of Illustrator have added advantage.

Office Location

Abuja – Nigeria.

Method of Application

Interested candidates should send an Application Letter, CV and recent passport photograph to: jobs@youngstarsfoundation.org

Application Deadline

26th  September, 2017.


Job Title: BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP MANAGER

The Business and Entrepreneurship Manager will be responsible for developing new business and entrepreneurship opportunities for expanding the financial base of the organisation. This will include but not limited business startup, market forecasting, idea development, strategic planning, budget planning,  financial analysis,  sales and marketing, reporting and other managerial responsibilities.

Qualifications

  • A Degree/HND/OND in Business Administration/Management/Sales/Marketing, Finance, or any other related social science discipline.
  • At least 2 – 3years of experience in related position is a definite asset.
  • Between 23 and 35 years of age.

Job Requirement

  • An eye for identifying and creating business opportunities
  • Familiar with startup culture and  business development models
  • Strong desire to disrupt systems and create new markets
  • Ability to write business plans
  • Excellent written and oral English
  • Ability to work in a team and in a dynamic work environment
  • Strong work ethics and personal character
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, multi-task, pay attention to details
  • Proficiency in the use of computer and social media tools
  • Proficiency in basic accounting will be an added advantage.
  • Willingness to travel based on job demand.

Office Location

Abuja – Nigeria.

Method of Application

Interested candidates should send an Application Letter, CV and recent passport photograph to: jobs@youngstarsfoundation.org

Application Deadline

26th September, 2017.


Job Title: ACCOUNTANT ASSISTANT

Youngstars Foundation seeks qualified candidates to fill this role

Qualifications

  • Under the direction of the Director of Accounts, the Account Assistant shall assume responsibility for accounting in the foundation and ensure compliance with the contractual financial requirements of programs/projects.
  • Assist in accurate keeping of all books of account for the project, including checking account, equipment and supply registers and all accounting records.
  • Work with the Director of Accounts to lead the preparation of monthly and annual financial reports, fiscal year budgets including financial status of sub-projects account activities with accompanying bank documentation and receipts.
  • Assist the Director of Accounts and other supervisory staff in monitoring sub-project budgets in accordance with approved work plan activities.
  • Monitor periodic expenditures of projects by analyzing financial data and producing periodic and ad hoc reports.
  • Function as support for processing cash advances, retirements, petty cash management and refunds made in favor of the foundation.
  • Review the work of sub-grantees for accuracy and proper report content.
  • Support in proposal development in collaboration with proposal team.
  • Create, update, and maintain financial spreadsheets.
  • Develop budgets, including staff time allocations.
  • Work with team leads to resolve problems associated with monthly expenditures and life-of projects budgets.

Basic DNA

  • Highly creative, innovative and can generate ideas.
  • Passionate about development and young people.
  • Self motivated and meets deadlines.
  • Enjoys team spirit and collaboration.
  • Tolerant and respectful of other tribes, religion and nationality.
  • Open to learning.
  • Zero tolerance for norm and routine

Requirements:

  • BS/BA/HND degree in Accounting, banking, and Finance or its recognized equivalent
  • Minimum of 1-3 year’s experience in accounting related position.
  • Familiarity with non-governmental organizations in Nigeria is an advantage.

Method of Application

Interested candidates should send an Application Letter, CV and recent passport photograph to: jobs@youngstarsfoundation.org

Application Deadline

26th September, 2017.

FEMALE AND MORE

Are you a confident young female?

Do you want to mentor and guide other young females to overcome low self-esteem?

Do you want to see more of emboldened young females in our society?

If yes, here is your chance to join 150 emboldened females who will mentor 3,000 young females to complete a 30 days self esteem challenge.

Do you know that:-

  • 75 percent of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities, compared to 25 percent of girls with high self-esteem.
  • 85% of women and 79% of girls say they would opt out of important life activities when they don’t feel good about the way they look.

Source – National Report on the State of Self-Esteem by Dove Self Esteem Fund.

Meanwhile has it occurred to you that no meaningful development is possible without women? Nigeria needs more emboldened young women, who can aspire greatly, unleash their potentials and contribute massively to national development.

So if you like to join our effort to raise more emboldened young women in Nigeria, sign up today to participate in our 2 days Female And More Mentors Bootcamp.

Date August 31st to September 1st, 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria. Accommodation and road transport support is provided for participants from outside Abuja.

Moreso, one female mentor stands a chance to win an all expense paid trip to an African Country in 2018!

Application closes August 19th, 2017.

For Partnership and other details, click www.youngstarsfoundation.org/fem

Or call call +234 7035535876 or email gender@youngstarsfoundation.org 

Female And More is a female is a self esteem program of Youngstars Foundation in partnership with the World Movement for Democracy, USA and Divine Mercy School Abuja.

Unveiling Faculty for CANVASSITY PAN AFRICAN Fellowship Season 2, Semester 1

Youngstars Foundation unveils Faculty team for CANVASSITY Pan African Youth Democracy Fellowship Season 2, Semester 1.

Date: 20 – 24 February, 2017

Location: Lagos.

Unveiling of CANVASSITY PAN AFRICAN Youth Democracy Fellowship Season 2, Semester 1 participants

Youngstars Foundation unveils CANVASSITY Pan African Youth Democracy Fellowship Season 2, Semester 1 Participants.

41 delegates from 11 African countries.

Date: 20 – 24 February, 2017

Location: Lagos.

CANVASSITY PAN AFRICAN Youth Democracy Fellowship Season 2 Calls for FACILITATORS

CANVASSITY Pan African Youth Democracy Fellowship Season 2 is seeking for youth friendly facilitators to join its faculty and serve as facilitators at the academy. CANVASSITY is a program designed for youth and youth CSOs in Africa to better engage government institutions to improve quality of governance, raise accountability and boost citizen-government collaborations.

In 2017, the program shall admit 50 youth from 15 African countries from a competitive selection process to participate in the following activities:-

  • 2 hands-on workshops in Nigeria of 5 days each
  • 6 months engagement challenge
  • A 10-day learning visit to an African country
  • The CANVASSITY Governance Exhibition among others

During the 6 months engagement challenge, each person is to focus their engagement on any of the 6 focal areas namely

  • Public service and administration
  • Electoral Process
  • Tracking Campaign promises/party manifestos
  • Tackling corruption
  • Tackling Youth Priority Issues in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
  • Improving security and safety

To ensure our participants gain high value knowledge and skills, we are seeking for experienced facilitators who have vast practical experiences in any of the 6 focal areas listed above to join our training faculty.

To apply, please send to jobs@youngstarsfoundation.org the following items

  • Letter indicating your interest and area of focus you have competence to facilitate,
  • CV,
  • Passport photograph and
  • One page essay explaining why you are most qualified to be accepted as a facilitator.

For more details: Read more about Canvassity

Deadline – December 31st, 2016.

CANVASSITY is an innovative youth democracy and leadership program initiated by Youngstars Foundation with support from National Endowment for Democracy (NED) USA.

WORLD YOUTH DAY FOR DEMOCRACY: AMPLIFY!

October 18th 2016 marks the World Youth Day for Democracy under the theme ‘AMPLIFY’. Youth, by definition, has been a subject of debate by many a scholar many a time with little or no consensus. The United Nations (UN) defines youth as individuals aged between 15 to 24 years old while The African Union in the African Youth Charter defines youth as individuals aged between 15 to 35 years old. According to Furlong Andy (2013), youth does not necessarily refer to a specific age range as it is a socially constructed category and refers to a state of mind.Whichever definition one chooses to associate with, the most important component is that the strength, agility and capabilities that lie within the youth are incomparable to any other stage of the human life. It is the contributing agent to the wisdom of the old age that is informed by the experiences acquired in youth.

According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the number of youth aged 15-24 in Africa in 2015 stood at 226 million accounting for 19 per cent of the global youth population. By 2030, it is projected that the number of youth in Africa will have increased by 42 per cent with the population expected to continue to grow throughout the remainder of the 21st century, more than doubling from current levels by 2055.The youth in Africa wield incredible power in terms of the capability to turn the narrative of the continent around. The large number of the youth population, the incredible technological advances being made today and the vast amount of resources within the continent present the youth with an upper edge and a basis for the creation of a more prosperous Africa.

In terms of democracy, The African Charter on Democracy, Governance and Elections, and the African Youth Charter as well as Agenda 2063 remain the primary frameworks to ensure the constructive involvement of youth and their effective participation in the debates and decisions making processes in the development agenda of the continent.Opportunities for youth to engage in governance and participate in political and decision-making processes depend largely on the political, socioeconomic, and cultural contexts.

The youth, as other members of society, have an important role to play in the democratic processesas attested in the North Africa and Middle East revolution,the fight against the apartheid regime in South Africa, the “Y’en a marre” (Enough is Enough) movement in Senegal, the “Communication for Development” in Cape Verde and the “Young Acting for Change” program in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Togo. The spread of democracy in Africa has increased chances for young people to participate in political life and civil society. Most African countries have government ministers or departments with the explicit mandate to address youth issues, and many have national youth policies and councils in line with their obligation under the African Youth Charter.

In many African countries, however, youth have either remained marginalized and/or have not played a significant role in the political processes largely due to institutional and policy constraints of the state and society.This is compounded by other factors such as disappointment with the political norms portraying politics as the preserve of the “old elite”, the mistrust towards political parties, disillusionment and manipulation as a result of increasing unemployment rates, age restrictions for voting/eligibility to vie for leadership positions, cultural restrictions and the complexity of democratic decision making processes.

The solutions to these challenges are not uniform in nature thus cannot be applied across the region in a similar manner. There is need therefore for custom-made solutions that are responsive to the diverse challenges on the ground. The leaders have an obligation to create platforms and involve the youth in the decision making processes at local and national levels. These platforms should serve as avenues for the youth to have their voices heard and also to be informed on the government programs, the implementation process and the effect on their livelihoods.

The youth also have a responsibility to seek out opportunities within which they can participate effectively in the development of their countries and the region as a whole. They should endeavour to stay informed by utilizing all sources of information available to them especially as a result of the advancements in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) which gives youth an added advantage whereby they can access information from wherever they are. The youth should also make good use of the platforms that have already been created in the youth ministerial dockets and other youth-led initiatives by coming up with proposals and initiatives which they can receive assistance to implement.

There is also need for the youth to apply the knowledge gained in education institutions to come up with home grown solutions to the challenges facing their individual societies and also hold discussion forums with peers from diverse backgrounds to share ideas and brainstorm on ways in which they can work together to have a greater impact.Through concerted and purposeful efforts the youth will be able to occupy their rightful place in society and contribute effectively to the growth and development of their countries and the region as a whole.

Source: africademocracyforum.org

Successful Conclusion of the maiden edition of CANVASSITY Youth Democracy Fellowship Academy

Youngstars Development Initiative international Abuja, Nigeria with support from the NED – National Endowment for Democracy USA launched a new program called CANVASSITY Youth Democracy Fellowship after the successful retirement of DESPLAY Africa, Nigeria’s foremost and longest annual youth democracy program, conducted annually non-stop from 2005 to 2015. CANVASSITY Youth Democracy Fellowship Academy is designed creatively to increase youth capacity to effectively engage and support government institutions deliver impactful governance, raise efficiency and accountability.

44 African youths (33 males and 11 Females) visited Calabar, the capital city of Cross River State for the first semester between 23rd and 26th February 2016 at the Mirage Hotel, Calabar Cross River State, Nigeria with 43 Nigerian participants from 21 states from the six geo political zones of Nigeria and one international participant from Mosterrado, Liberia for the training. The theme for semester one was “Understanding Democratic Governance and Institutions”. During the sessions participants were trained on how to engage, visit and collaborate with government agencies to address social problems.

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CANVASSITY semester two had a total of 35 participants (24 Males and 11 Females) from 17 different States across Nigeria and FCT Abuja, and 2 international delegates from Liberia. The second semester training workshop took place at the NBC Centenary House, 33 Lusaka Street Wuse Zone 6 Abuja, Nigeria from Tuesday 20th – Friday 23rd September 2016, Semester 2 theme was “Engagement Skills and Leadership Development”. The major objective of this semester was to help participants understand the concepts of leadership, and engagement skills that are required to visit, engage and collaborate with government institutions to address social concerns.

Components of CANVASSITY

Democracy Works Canvas (Artistic Illustration) – This is actually the brand/trademark of CANVASSITY, and the paramount activity expected from participants. Each participant is to work with a local artist to develop a drawing illustrating the social problem and create an ideal solution, and to present the drawing to the preferred government agency in the course of seeking collaboration. A total of 23 canvases capturing different issues were received.

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Passing-it-On (PiOs) – It is a mandatory step down activity requiring every participant to converge and pass on what they have learnt at CANVASSITY to at least 40 youth in their place of residence. During the PiO, participants are also required to display their Canvas to their attendees. This activity is scheduled to happen within an 8 weeks’ time line, ending April 31st. 28 Pass-it-On (PiOs) were conducted and reported by participants with 1309 persons in attendance. One of the highlight of the PiO event was the coverage granted by Sokoto State Radio House (Radio Rima) to Anas Sanusi Gusau, a CANVASSITY delegate from Sokoto State, which reached hundreds of thousands of listeners, thus generating much interest in the CANVASSITY project in the region (North West).

Youth Engagement with Government- This component is truly the thrust of CANVASSITY, as it encourages participants to identify a government MDA and engage them with the aim of collaboratively trying to solve a social problem. Each delegate was to use his canvas drawing as the entry point and engagement tool. 20 participants engaged with different government MDAs in an attempt to solve problems identified with different negative and positive feeds from their experiences shared. Worth mentioning, 44 participants went on a half day internship in ten Government institutions during the first semester in Calabar as part of their Youth-government engagement training.

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Auwal Muhammad Adamu, CANVASSITY delegate from Bauchi state explaining his Canvas to the Permanent Secretary, Commissioner for Education Bauchi State Mr. Nasiru Mohammed Yelwa.

Community Outreach Events (Crow Pulling Events)- This is the activity that required delegates to look out for Crowd Pulling Events that will gather 300 persons and more, and display their canvas drawing as a way of creating more awareness and support for the problem they are working with government to solve. Most importantly, during the crowd pulling event, they will get people to sign a sheet with their names, number and emails supporting their campaign. 17 CANVASSIY delegates attended and leveraged on 19 Community Outreach Event reaching over 7,000 persons.

We finally broke the jinx after several attempt, the 2016 International Learning Visit delegates travelled to the United Republic of Tanzania. It was the first time our delegates are travelling out of West Africa. The delegates departed from Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria on the 21st of August 2016 to Julius Ayerere International Airport Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and returned safely via same route on 26th August, 2016.

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CANVASSITY Cross-Border International Learning Visit delegation at Prevention Control and Combating Corruption Bureau (PCCB)

Although 19 participants that participated in the first semester did not meet up with the required activities to qualify them to attend the second semester. More so, 9 of the participants that qualified to attend the second semester could not make it due to unforeseen circumstances beyond their control. Nevertheless, we had 19 new participants that joined the second semester. On the third day (Thursday 22nd September 2016) of the training/workshop, there was a CANVASSITY exhibition where 13 students showcased their canvas drawings, and shared their experiences on engaging government with the public, and there was a courtesy/thank you visit to DAAR Communication Plc complex, owners of AIT- Africa Independent Television our media partner. The delegation was received by top management staff of DAAR Communication, including the MD, DAAR Communications PLC Mrs. Tosin Dokpesi. In other to highlight CANVASSITY participants’ projects activities to engage a broader audience, beginning from the first week of April 2016, Youngstars Foundation has produced and uploaded a total of 16 Episodes of CANVASSITY TV Series on her Online TV- Youth TV Africa capturing the experiences of CANVASSITY participants. The video skits gave voices to young people’s ideas about democracy, good governance and their contribution to nation building.