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Building Youth Alliances

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AYM is investing in grassroots development through constant contact with young people in vulnerable and disempowering contexts. On 20 March 2017, we organized the first groundbreaking Afrika Youth Empowerment Forum on SDGs and AU Agenda 2063 in Nairobi and mobilized 80 young changemakers from 19 countries in Africa and the diaspora, many of whom represent grassroots initiatives, to participate in creating a new model of youth forums to engage with the UN and the AU. AYM ensured participation from South Africa, Congo, Burundi, Ghana, Italy, the USA and the UK among others with no external funding, mainly by maximizing strategic partnerships, digital and member mobilization and providing platforms for youth to get their voices heard on international processes. We work tirelessly to create this robust process where youth can add their voices to international discourse on the implementation of the Global Goals and other agendas.

AYM Groundbreaking Forums

  • By organizing Youth Forums, Afrika Youth Movement sought to empower African youth to implement the Global Goals led and coordinated by African youth in their respective communities. Our National forums are centered around the African Union Agenda 2063 aspirations and aim to provide a platform to critically address global agenda from the lens of Africa’s agenda and most importantly, examine the role of the youth in creating the Africa We Want by co-creating innovative ways of engagement. Through the forums, we have provided platforms to engage young leaders of today who are increasingly rising towards greater mandates to reignite the spirit of Pan-Africanism and realising the principle that this generation will leave no one behind.Our inaugural launch was the Africa Youth Summit in Nairobi, Kenya in partnership with the United States International University (USIU). Through this, We have succeeded to create a new Model of Youth Forums that engages the UN, AU and other stakeholders and institutions by hosting conversations that matter for youth. Read the forum report hereFollowing the impact of our forum in Kenya, we have successfully held national forums DRC, Ghana and Uganda.Read the Continental Forum Kenya Report here
  • Read the National Forum Uganda report here

AFRIKA YOUTH MOVEMENT ORGANIZING AT

THE AFRICA PEACE SUMMIT, 2016

The Africa Peace Summit held from 17-19 October 2016 with the theme: “Nurturing a culture of peace” and brought together over 150 youth across Africa to discuss issues of peace from a multi-faceted perspective.As key partners of the summit, Afrika Youth Movement had 9 AYMers present and participated: – As a panelist in the opening plenary session that set the tone for the summit key conversations under the theme, ‘Nurturing A Culture of Peace within the Youth’. – AYM also hosted a side event under the theme “the role of youth and media in peacebuilding”. This side event was facilitated by members of our Power Team, Finland from Tanzania and Daniel from Nigeria, assisted during the breakout group discussions by Aminata from Cote D’Ivoire and Lebo from South Africa. With over 30 participants at our side event, we discussed media’s role in peacebuilding from 4 sub-themes divided into groups which included: Countering Violent Extremism Gender Based Violence iii. Social and Political Youth Movements

Governance and Elections. Henry Molinge from Cameroon opened the side event with a session on inner peace and meditation after which Finland Benard from Tanzania took to the stage with introduction to the African Youth Movement (our goals, mission, membership, committees and impact across Africa and the diaspora). Daniel Nwaeze from Nigeria did an introduction on the roles of the media in peacebuilding, guiding participants into discussing and developing action plans along the sub-themes. In the discussion, the social and political movement group facilitated by Lebo Shikwambe from South Africa a Vox News presenter and key member of the #FeesMustFall movement developed concepts to change the narratives on how youth movements are seen and will be developing video and social media campaigns along with AYM media team to promote this. The governance and elections group was facilitated by AYM Chairwoman Aya Chebbi from Tunisia. The group discussed the challenge of electoral violence across Africa and the role of youth in monitoring elections, raising awareness and changing the narrative.

The countering violent extremism group facilitated by Daniel Nwaeze from Nigeria developed concepts to change media narratives of violence in Africa, countering violent extremism and develop projects towards them. The starting action point being a partnership between AYM and Global Unites (a youth-led peacebuilding organization). The gender based violence group facilitated by AYM Committee on Education Chairwoman Aminata Siahoue from Ivory Coast; discussed gender representation in reporting, neglect of vulnerable people during conflicts and how to create awareness on gender violence related issues including a road map to improve it. In all, our goal was to expose participants to basic action steps they can individually and collectively take in their various communities across Africa using media tools available to them in stopping the increasing rate of violence as well as using our networks to develop projects in countering extremism, building peace and influencing how media tells Africa’s story. We are firmly convinced that the youth are agents of peace not perpetrators of violence and are key players in peace processes as recognized by the UNSCR 2250 and the AU Agenda2063. Read more about the workshop and AYM participation, watch the video watch the video and see pictures on Facebook

AYM Hubs

  • Thanks to our Country Coordinators leading AYM Hubs on the ground all over Africa, our youth uprising is growing stronger every day and we want you with us every step of the way!
  • You can be a part of the movementWhat are the responsibilities of the Country Coordinator
    • Serve as representative of AYM within the country and be the contact point for AYM at the national level
    • Promote AYM values of pan-africanism and mission to place youth at the centre of national and regional discourse.
    • Liaise with AYM Power Team in planning of promotional events
    • Undertake and promote activities in line with AYM’s vision
    • Map the youth activities and networks in your country
    • Organize youth convenings (at least 3 per year)
    • Mobilize at least 1,000 membership of youth organizations, groups and individual changemakers in your country every year
    • Identify local projects which AYM Hub can explore
    • Build partnership with in-country organisations

What are the benefits of being a Hub Country Coordinators

  • Skills related to event management, communication and professional networking
  • Opportunity to work and connect with professionals, relevant institutions and young people in your country
  • Certificate of recognition for the completed term of the representative role
  • Provision of recommendation from AYM when needed
  • Invitation to AYM annual Retreat and Forum to present your Hub work and best practices with other youth
  • Access to in-house experts and power team human resources for personal and hub activities

      Criteria

  • Be aged 20-32
  • Passionate about youth development, pan-Africanism and grassroot inclusion
  • This is a voluntary position, we are not a funding organization but a community of African youth that use innovation to face Africa’s challenges  How to Kick off? Youth empowerment, active participation and leadership are key to Africa’s development. Creating AYM Hubs in every African country ensures a sustainable platform for the entire community to begin working toward youth empowerment and leadership. Is it time for your community to be a part of this movement? Hereʼs how.Host an AYM event to Launch the HubFrom Nairobi to Accra, Tunis to Joburg, our members are out in communities spreading the word about Afrika Youth Movement. Get creative about hosting your own event to Launch AYM Hub APPLY TODAY to Launch AYM Hub in your countryCheck out what our Hubs are doing Uganda  /Ghana /Democratic Republic of Congo /Rwanda/Nigeria