YALAWARDS

About YAL

ABOUT THE YALAWARDS

Recognizing the continued need for inspired leadership and positive role young people played in advancing African development through youth’s participation. African Youth Architects identifies the need to design Young African Leaders Awards to celebrate and honor exceptional young leaders around Africa for their community commitment, and leadership role to make their nation and Africa a better place. These young leaders, by example, affirm the principles embodied in the AYA mission and provide inspiration and concrete evidence of what young people can achieve when afforded the opportunity and guidance to make positive life choice.

ABOUT THE YALAWARDS

Recognizing the continued need for inspired leadership and positive role young people played in advancing African development through youth’s participation. African Youth Architects identifies the need to design Young African Leaders Awards to celebrate and honor exceptional young leaders around Africa for their community commitment, and leadership role to make their nation and Africa a better place. These young leaders, by example, affirm the principles embodied in the AYA mission and provide inspiration and concrete evidence of what young people can achieve when afforded the opportunity and guidance to make positive life choice.

Eligibility

Eligibility

Applications & Nomination

Applications and nominations for the 2019 Young African Leaders Awards are now closed.

The awards are open to young people with amazing leadership skills who are making a difference in Africa, Youth Led Organization towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2025 and the African Union Agenda 2063.

Winner Selection

Winners are selected in accordance with the following criteria:

  • Have demonstrated good leadership skill in course of embarking on sustainable projects.
  • Are African citizens residing in African countries.
  • Are between 18-35 years of age
  • Must have meaningfully impacted youths in their communities
  • Must have demonstrated strong ability in proposing innovative solutions to challenging issues of sustainable development goals, such as poverty, quality education, water distribution, climate change, good health and well-being, peace and security, etc.

Categories

Categories

AWARD FOR VISIONARY LEADERSHIP

The Award for Visionary Leadership was created to honor the young dynamic Changemaker for his/her outstanding visionary leadership and dedication to the community and nation building. This award is the highest recognition that the AYA bestows upon an individual who has exhibited exemplary leadership that benefits young people in Africa and encourages active participation of young people in decision making.

YOUNG WOMEN OF INNOVATION AND LEADERSHIP AWARD

Young Women of Innovation and Leadership Award is presented to recognize young African women leaders in their professions, often entrepreneurial, and inspirational to their peers. The award focuses on young women in the trenches of STEM fields who may be rising in their career or well-stablished in their professional lives. This young woman may be shaping the future of Africa or serving as a role model for their fellow young women and girl thinking about careers in technology, science, and engineering.

NELSON MANDELA AWARD FOR HUMANITARIAN

The Humanitarian Award is presented to an individual who has shown active civil involvement and a commitment to peace building and making the lives of those around them better. This person embraces the AYA spirit of “Youth for Peace”. AYA humanitarian is a driven community and national leader who exemplifies altruism.

AWARDS PANEL

A panel of judges will be set up to review the submissions and select the award recipients according to their various fields and achievements. The panel will include individuals who are also working towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and have therefore acquired experience in their respective fields. These should be persons who command respect, are reputable and uphold ethics in their capacities.

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