YPLS Aims to Groom Transformational Leaders in Africa

Flashback: NAYMOTE's 2018 YPLS Liberia fellows.

The Young Political Leadership School Africa (YPLS) is expected to welcome 75 emerging leaders from across West Africa to Monrovia, Executive Director, Eddie Jarwolo has said.

This innovative program is set aside to groom middle-level professionals into politics, governance and transformational leadership in Africa will run from October 14-18 at the Bella Casa Hotel in Sinkor, Monrovia.

Since its inception in 2016, the Young Political Leadership School has produced over 400 leaders who are currently contributing to radical social and economic change in their communities across Liberia. Now NAYMOTE is expanding the opportunity to West Africa.

YPLS Africa aims to increase knowledge and skills among young people in planning, organizing and implementing political events; increase in the number of young people stepping forward to seek political offices at different levels of the governance structures; increase knowledge among young people to strategize the mobilization of other young people to support their peers during political campaign processes; and to increase the representation of young people in elected bodies.

“It is expected that these leaders will challenge, inspire, motivate and spark new insights for participants to become transformational leaders in their generation”, Jarwolo added.

Her Excellency, Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor will deliver the keynote address, while eight exceptional leaders will serve as motivational speakers.

Some key facilitators of this year’s YPLS Africa will include: Prof. Jerry Austin and Mr. Samson Itodo. Austin is a Former Adjunct Professor and Director of the International Campaign Fellows Program, Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, University of Akron, United States. Itodo is the Executive Director of the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement, Nigeria and Chief Convener, Not-Too-Young-To-Run.

NAYMOTE, the organization that runs YPLS Africa, over the past week launched a campaign titled: “The Legislature is Not for Men Alone”, to mobilize and increase the number of women elected into the national legislature. Through this program, the organization recruited 75 outstanding young women identified across the 15 counties as mentees. “They were trained and assigned in their respective counties to undertake series of civic engagement activities, and are now considered as grassroots leaders due to the impact of their work.”

Out of this effort, the “National Young Women Political Council of Liberia” has been established.

According to Jarwolo, the young women have since been working to solve some community challenges that the local government is unable to solve by creating awareness on the values of democracy, participation, presentation, gender equality, access to quality health and education.

Meanwhile, Jarwolo disclosed that 30 scholarships have been provided to grassroots leaders for the YPLS Africa program. “The scholarship will provide the young leaders a bigger platform, opportunity and strengthen their leadership skills and network.”

The overarching goal of YPLS Africa is to contribute to the formation of a new generation of leaders that would transform Africa.

Lisa Lumeh is an emerging communications personnel. She holds a B.A. degree in Mass Communication from the African Methodist Episcopal University in Liberia. She joined the Daily Observer in 2012 as an Administrative Assistant. Since then, she has enhanced her personal and professional development in the field of communications. Lisa loves writing and reporting on issues that concerns the development of youth and women in Liberia and Africa. She has certificates in Media and Communications from the Journalists and Writers Association Foundation in New York, USA; Civic Engagement from the Young African Leadership Initiative-Regional Leadership Center, YALI-RLC, Accra, Ghana along with several others in women's Leadership and community engagement.


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