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Afrika Youth Movement

A pan-African, action-oriented, youth-led movement that strives for the participation, development and leadership of African youth to transform Africa and achieve their rights to peace, equality and social justice.

We are creating a continent that respects the rights of all its citizens. Through our work we promote the values that binds our continent; ubuntu, unity, self-determination, integrity and accountability.

History

07 August 2012
15 July 2014
1 January 2015
18 January 2015
30 January 2015
10 -13 March 2015
25 May 2015
17-21 June 2015
22–24 June 2015
26 June 2015
12 August 2015
21 Sep 2015
25-27 September 2015
18 January 2016
28 April 2016
19 May 2016
20 May 2016
13 – 15 June 2016
13 – 15 July 2016
24 August 2016

07 August 2012

07 August 2012 Facebook group ‘the African Youth Movement’ was created

15 July 2014

the first Google Hangout 

1 January 2015

AYM Launched 7 Committees on Education, Peace and Security, Transparency and Accountability, AU Affairs and Regional Coordination, Economy,Trade and Development, Human Rights, Governance and Democratization and Gender Equality .

18 January 2015

Addis Ababa – AYM participated at the African Union Heads of States Summit as well as the intergenerational dialogue

30 January 2015

Nairobi, Kenya – AYM held its first physical Meeting (7 members in attendance)

10 -13 March 2015

New York – AYM speaking at the United Nations Headquarters in New York

25 May 2015

AYM Launched  #AfricaSmile Campaign

17-21 June 2015

Arizona, USA – AYM presented at The Sixth Youth Looking Beyond Disaster Forum

22–24 June 2015

Bonn, Germany – AYM participated at Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum

26 June 2015

Munster, Germany – AYM spoke at TEDxMunster  

12 August 2015

AYM Launched  #AfricanYouthPower campaign to celebrate International Youth Day  

21 Sep 2015

Launch of #ILoveMyContinent Campaign to celebrate International Peace Day

25-27 September 2015

New York –  AYM participated at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit  

18 January 2016

Addis Ababa –  AYM participated at the African Union Heads of States Summit as well as the intergenerational dialogue

28 April 2016

AYM is elected to CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation Board of Directors and member of the Youth Action Team (YAT) where we reform global governance and civil society alliances to meaningfully include youth.

19 May 2016

YM joined the Steering Committee of AfricansRising led by Dr. Kumi Naidoo and by August 2017, AYM became founding member of the the movement and the Board of Directors

20 May 2016

AYM participated at two High-Level events, UNCTAD 14 and GPEDC HLM2 in Kenya

13 – 15 June 2016

Bonn, Germany –  AYM participated at Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum

13 – 15 July 2016

in Durban , AYM spoke at Women Now! 2016 Summit  

24 August 2016

Arusha, Tanzania – AYM members second Meeting; 30 members in attendance from Chad, Kenya, Gabon, Ghana, Cameroon, Uganda, Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Tanzania, Tunisia, Sudan, as well as the diaspora from the UK, USA and Germany.

The Beginning of the story

Following Tunisia’s revolution, Aya Chebbi, an award-winning pan-African activist crossed over 20 African countries to widely speak in conferences and rallies about the 21st century youth-led revolutions that started in her country, Tunisia. She has supported, trained and worked with hundreds of social movement leaders, feminist groups, artist collectives and youth activists across the continent on mobilization, blogging and peace-building. She realized that youth share common struggles, mainly youth marginalization and living under repressive regimes, even though 70% of Africa's population is under 30. She has had a vision that, in our shared marginalization as African youth, we could develop a sense of common identity and a critical consciousness that would enable us to challenge the status quo and that's how we can lead

Africa's revolution. Hence, she began a quest to create an online open discussion that would bring the vital, yet untapped, voices and Africa-led solutions. Chebbi’s mission is to radicalize youth into pan-Africanism and her legacy is to bridge North-South of the Sahara divide.

She created a Facebook group on August 7th, 2012 and added regularly inspiring youth she met or trained until the group reached 500 members. In July 15th, 2014, Aya launched the first Google Hangout with a vision to unite these youth actors, build a bold African youth community and grow this common identity with strategic collective action. The vision and mission of the movement were shaped through inclusive online participatory dialogues, social media conversations and series of Google hangouts for the first six months.

The movement has grown from 500 to over 5,000 members today from 40 countries across Africa and the diaspora. A Power Team of 7 volunteers and Committee Chairs who lead activities in different committees and AYM Hubs across Africa has been formed and the dream has started to unfold because building the Africa of our dream starts with us. Following a duplication of the AYM name with other groups based in Nigeria and Uganda, we moved to have a name change and requested suggestions on new names from members. From the suggestions, we selected three names for a vote after which “Afrika Youth Movement” won the majority and was adopted in January 2017 as it also upholds our acronym “AYM”.

THE BEGINNING OF THE STORY

WE MADE THE DIFFERENCE

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Afrika Youth Movement
at TEDxMunster July 15th, 2014
Vision and mission

We are creating a continent that respects the rights of all its citizens. Through our work we promote the values that binds our continent; ubuntu, unity, self-determination, integrity and accountability.

Vision

Transformation of the African Continent by African youth to achieve their rights to peace, equality and social justice.

Mission Statement

We connect young change-makers around the vision of pan-Africanism, empower them to participate and mobilize them to lead the change needed for Africa.

Guiding Principles

AYM is a community of committed young Africans. We incorporate inclusiveness and integrity into our organizational culture and provide a consistent support system for our members.

Our work is guided by these values and principles

Theory of Change

The two main opportunities for realizing an action-oriented movement in Africa is to increase connectivity between constituents, and organize effectively to deliver results.

AYM work will focus on these three areas simultaneously with the understanding that they mutually reinforce each other and will be the only way to reach our goal of transforming Africaz

Programme of Action

We advocate for African youth participation and leadership in the development of Africa. It includes solidarity campaigns, collective actions and youth representation at spaces that affect them.

We shape youth narratives and Africa narratives through our grassroots reporting, challenging the media narratives by using alternative media. We have built a strong platform for African youth to strengthen their voice, share ideas and conversations that matter to them

We produce data-driven knowledge from youth perspective through applying research and analysis to influence policy and history

We support each other and create synergies amongst ourselves and young Africans worldwide by organizing convenings, creating new models for forums, facilitating processes and multi-stakeholders dialogues

We work at the grassroots to strengthen youth capacity to demand their rights and organize peacefully and creatively.

Power Team

Our Power Team are young professionals in their fields aged 25-35 years old.Power Team drive activities of the movement and lead the Impact Team under the guidance of the Advisory Committee and Accountability Bard.

Aya - Founder and Chair
Daniel - Communication and Media Lead
Fideline- Membership Coordinator
Peter - Partnership and FUndraising Mobilizer
Joseph- Empowerment Coordinator
Cedric - Committees Coordinator

Advisory board

Our Advisory Committee is made up of eight experts who advise AYM on their strategies and initiatives. Drawing on their global experience and networks, they work with key members of the movement. To ensure the movement is fulfilling its mission and enabling youth-led social change in Africa.

Rose Wachuka is a Kenyan constitutional and public interest litigation lawyer and an international affairs scholar. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Law from Moi University-Kenya and is pursuing a Masters Degree in International Relations (Diplomacy and Foreign Policy) at the United States International University-Africa. She is a gender advocate and an aspiring diplomat and public-policy maker. Rose is also on the Steering Committee of the Global Young Greens elected from the African Region and a non-permanent member representative at the Africa-Europe Youth Platform. She is also a co-founder of the Voice of Women Initiative and a co-producer of the Africa-Inspire project. As a mentor, Rose focuses on high school to community mentorship programs through her leadership as the chairperson of her former High School’s Alumni Association where the girls mentored in turn act as mentors to others in their own communities. As a blogger, she addresses issues of governance, patriotism, Pan-Africanism, sustainable development and call upon young Africans to plough their expertise and innovation back to the continent to foster

Rahel is an Eritrean national, feminist, and Pan-Africanist. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Public Administration (minor: Political Science) at the University of Asmara (in Eritrea) and her Master’s of Science in Global Studies (major: Political Science) at Lund University (in Sweden). While pursuing her bachelors, she initiated what would be a ten-year career in international affairs in a youth and student organization. Through that experience, she had been part of initiatives related to diaspora issues, gender, peacebuilding, Pan-Africanism, and youth policy. Rahel’s research interests include diaspora studies, postcolonial theory, postcolonial feminism, knowledge production, decoloniality, `{`youth participation in`}` peacebuilding, diplomacy, negotiations, transnational activism, and resistance. She is known to blog about women/feminist issues on World Pulse, and on peacebuilding through MasterPeace.org. To know more about Rahel Weldeab, visit her blog The Real Rahel and her website Ms. Postcolonial Africana. Follow her on Twitter: @RahelWeldeab@MsPoCoAfricana

Born in Nairobi, Kenya and raised in London, UK, Marion Osieyo is a development practitioner, writer and adviser, specialising in global governance and development policy. She read Classical Studies at Exeter University and holds a Master of Science in Global Governance and Diplomacy from Oxford University. Marion has previously advised government administrations and international organisations on development policy including UK Department for International Development, BOND, British Council and the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation. She has also worked with civil society organisations to promote social and economic development in South-East Asia, West Africa, and Europe. In 2015, Marion was selected by the European Commission as a ‘Future Leader’ of International Co-operation and Development and was selected by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown as a Prime Minister’s Global Fellow

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