LEAD+ Magis Leadership Workshop Training of Trainers
The Justice and Ecology Office of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM)will host its first annual International Youth conference, LeaD+Plus Africa from 12th to 14th October 2019 which will see 200 young people and 20 adult animators congregate over a period of three days, to learn and actively engage in the promotion of leadership and service learning in Africa LeaD+Plus Africa hopes to develop a reputation for being among the growing number of youth led conference to focus on equipping young people in Africa to take active roles in building their communities and having a voice on global issues. The LeaD + Africa Conference will take place straight after the Youthconnekt Africa Summit which our participants will also attend.
Every year the conference intends to create a platform for a larger number of students to learn and engage in the Jesuit Justice and Ecology (JENA) youth empowerment and leadership development (YELD) program in Africa. After the success of previous YELDs in Madagascar, Congo and Zambia, we opened the conference to the entire continent bringing together youth from international countries. JENA core strategy for promoting youth development in Africa is to develop a network of youth service clubs within schools and universities throughout Africa that are geared towards equipping and enabling young People as responsible global citizens and empowered young leaders.
The Youth Conference, the JENA YELD Training and the newly developed YELD Working Group are supplementary initiatives that support the YELD program. The program will aim to attract up to 200 young people between the ages of 19 -32 from all over Africa. The main aim of the 3 days conference is to raise awareness and knowledge as well as build the capacities required to enable young people to take leadership roles in addressing local and international developmental issues of concern to them especially in the area related to the theme of each year’s conference.
Conference Programme Summary
The three days event includes a combination of seminar panel discussion, keynote speeches, small group workshops, seminars, off-site activities, exhibition and youth artistic expression.
Power speech and Keynote speeches are intended to inspire, inform and mobilize our young delegates to act on the three learning themes of the conference. Panel discussion will be a platform to inform participants about the theme of empowerment this year. The workshops are aimed to be an interactive and discursive exchange between the participants and the facilitator. Seminar aims to provide participants with tools to run their projects and campaigns.
The lectures and workshops during the youth conference aim to address three themes. These include:
1. Personal leadership: Promoting personal excellence – the magis in Jesuit parlance – including setting goals and forward planning, having personal mission statements, marketing one’s skills and abilities, positive attitude and healthy self-esteem.
2. Service Learning: Promoting civic responsibility: a duty to one’s country, community, Africa and the world as a whole. The importance of valuing diversity; developing empathy alongside desire to help the vulnerable or to protect one heritage or the environment.
3. Global Citizenship: Promoting youth voice on social justice issues like human rights, migrant worker situation, global economy, climate change and war and conflict.
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
• Promote better understanding of youth leadership, service learning and greater awareness of global issues among 200 youth between the ages of 19-32 in Africa.
• Provide opportunities for 200 youth to develop their skills, knowledge and attitudes to take on leadership roles which support JENA strategies.
• Create a platform for 200 youth to discover their voice and realize their ability to make a positive contribution in society to support Agenda 2063 on youth development.
• Facilitate a forum for exchange of ideas, projects and reflections that address local needs and global issues.
• Awareness creation on this year’s Conference theme on Empowerment.
• Full Sponsorships will be made available: Flight, Accommodation, Meals and Ground Transportation related to the conference programme only.
• Partial Sponsorship are available which includes: Accommodation, Meals and Ground Transportation related to the conference programme only.
The LeaD + Conference seeks to attract up to 200 delegates from the following categories:
• 19 -32 year old youths –primary target
• University students or recent graduates
• Local Youth Groups/organizations
• Youth Activist from all over Africa
• University Student Affairs Officers
• University Chaplains from various universities in Africa