DateNovember 11- 14, 2019
VenueEAC Headquarters &
MS TCDC Campus- Arusha
ThemeYouth at the Crossroads Migration, Participation and
Access to Opportunities
YouLead Summit employs the following gathering and engagement strategies to map and connect youth leaders through decentralised and organic conversations on East African current state affairs and the role of young people in shaping the future of regional integration.
YouLead Consortium members in collaboration with selected co-host organizations through successful call for expression are voluntarily hosting in-country events leading up to the regional summit. Acceptable events are those likely to result in national-level impact, involving as many youth representatives and networks as possible. There are no restrictions on the number of youth that can participate in the events. Virtual (social media and technology-based) and physical engagements are encouraged all through the process. To the fullest extent possible, all themes and topics addressed are tailored, but not limited to those of the regional summit, with a national outlook to address national-level issues. To the fullest extent, organisers are encouraged to involve youth members of parliament, national youth councils, government ministries responsible for youth and East African affairs, and reach out to as many youth-led and youth-serving organisations as possible.
These are continuous spontaneous, exciting youth community events— ranging from Youth Multifaceted Conversations, video screenings, art workshops, Fireplace chats to whatever else youth love to do together that leads them to share experiences and clarify their aspirations.
Ubuntu Talks is a design based on African values and heritage-inspired individuals sharing their stories of lived experiences. YouLead 2019 Summit will be headlined by several “Experiential Solutions based Ubuntu talks” made by subject matter experts and leaders in the key thematic areas of the Summit. The presenters are youth leaders who have undertaken initiatives with real results that are providing solutions to daily society’s challenges and are very well connected to young peoples struggles and active search for community solutions.
YouLead also features a host of panel discussions and expert presentations that allow for various experts and practitioners, as well as participating youth themselves to engage in critical discussion sessions related to the Scenarios for young people in East Africa. All the moderators are youth participants, to ensure that the matters arising are relevant to the participants and address the thematic focus of the summit.
The Summit consists of several breakout sessions. Each session is stemming from youth recommendations from relevant young people’s context and current national or regional affairs, remaining reflective of broader YouLead long term ambitions.
Digital Opportunity Trust
Innovation and Technology
The makeshift innovation hub seeks to be an entrepreneurship resource center to look out for, promote and inspire cross-board enterprise cooperation and professional development of business venture start-ups by young entrepreneurs across East Africa. Prior to the summit, a call is put out for young people with ongoing enterprise startups to express interest to share their business journey, successes and challenges, and put out a call for financial assistance to grow their business. They also get to link up with like minded youth entrepreneurs for possibilities of partnership and cooperation for cross border expansion of these business models. The hub is a one stop centre of resourceful knowledge and information pertinent to entreprise growth.
Improved knowledge in business development
Increased number of organizational partnerships and collaborations
Integration of social impact in business enterprises
Better use of digital tools for businesses
Improved knowledge in financing options and opportunities
Fostering peer to peer networking opportunities among young entrepreneurs
Starting a Business (Road Map)
Product and Service development
Access to Finance
Regional Opportunities and Trade Facilitation in East Africa
Digital Tools for Businesses
Legal Compliance for Businesses
The uniqueness in YouLead summit is that it strives to go beyond just being yet another annual gathering or endorsing contemporary conferencing routine. YouLead connects, inspires and empowers young leaders to undertake country and regional level initiatives aimed at solving leadership challenges and providing practical solutions to community challenges.
The YouLead Fellowship
YouLead prepares leaders to become active change makers in their local communities, countries and across the EAC by giving them the instruments and abilities required to convert their craving into action. YouLead is quickly evolving into a Sustainable Leadership Development Program. Starting this year, through the coming years, a flagship “YouLead Fellowship”, a Young Leaders Mentorship Program” will characterize our post summit agenda. We are calling upon our existing partners and new partners to join hands with us in establishing the YouLead Fellowship Fund
Seeing many young people come together when they are united by a common goal which isn't going to club to dance but leadership and sharing really touched my heart and I was inspired to inspire more young leaders to shape the future of East Africa and Africa
My leadership is majorly about using art to socially transform lives and communities. From Youlead Summit 2017, I learned that leadership is much about giving a hand to improve lives of communities and its measured by how many people you have changed to reach their full potential
All we need is to give back to communities, giving back doesn't necessarily mean it should be money, it can be knowledge or skills, everything given back to community uplifts millions and those you uplift will lift you higher