URGENT: Apply for the LEAP Africa 2013 Social Innovators Programme

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Application for the LEAP Africa Social Innovators Program is open to young talented Nigerians who are interested in implementing sustainable solutions to tackle contemporary social problems. Application closes: October 7, 2013

Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability and Professionalism (LEAP) Africa is a non-profit organization committed to developing dynamic, innovative and principled African leaders. Since 2002, through its core Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) and Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards (ANYLA), LEAP has advanced the cause of youth-led community consciousness for development in Nigeria.

LEAP Africa is introducing the Social Innovators Programme (SIP) to support talented Nigerian youth between the age of 18 and 29. LEAP Africa’s SIP is in partnership with YouthActionNet and the aim is to provide training, funding, advocacy and network support to young people with existing initiatives in order to help enhance their sustainability and area of impact.

According to the press release from LEAP, they hope to provide this support over the course of three months “based on YouthActionNet’s curriculum focused on the “Six Dimensions of Leadership” (Personal, Visionary, Collaborative, Political, Organizational, and Societal)“.

The Social Innovators Programme and Awards Launch will hold on Monday, November 11, 2013 at Shell Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan Lagos. The distinguished speaker at this event is Mr. Rick Little, Founder, International Youth Foundation (IYF). The IYF is a global non-profit organization dedicated to preparing young people to become healthy, productive and engaged citizens and has supported LEAP Africa since 2004.

So do you qualify for the programme? Here’s how to find out:
Applicants must be –

• Nigerians resident in Nigeria (not Nigerians in the Diaspora).
• Between ages 18 – 29 years.
• Founder or co-founder of the project/organization which has been running for not less than one (1) year. The founder or co-founder is defined as the person who, either alone or as part of a team, conceiving and establishing the project/organization.
• Initiators of such projects/initiatives/organizations that are positively impacting local communities and lives of Nigerians particularly in achieving the MDGs through their creativity and innovation.
• Able to document and prove their work, benefits and some level of sustenance amongst communities and Nigeria for a minimum of 12 months prior to date of application for the SIP.

Twenty (20) social innovators will be enrolled into the programme. Participants will undergo two different 5-day trainings within a 6 month interval. The SIP will be offered free of charge and the programme covers cost of accommodation, road travel, feeding and daily stipends.

How to apply
1. Like the LEAP Africa Facebook Page {Link here}
2. Follow the Leap Africa Twitter Handle {Link here} and mention the programme you are applying for – with a #tag (e.g Chike Adeyemi Abu/#SIP2013).
Finally, visit www.leapafrica.org to download the application forms and email to sipa@leapafrica.

Hurry and send your applications in because the deadline is October 7, 2013

For more information you can send an email to the SIP team at sipa@leapafrica.org or call 012706541/2, 07011081954.

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