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Global Citizen Honours 15 Young African Leaders in Fellowship Program



International advocacy organisation Global Citizen celebrated the achievements of 15 exceptional young individuals from Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa as they completed the year-long fellowship program on the eve of South Africa’s Youth Day.

The Global Citizen Fellowship Program, powered by BeyGOOD and announced at Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in December 2018, provides a comprehensive work experience opportunity to develop skills and empower African youth.

Over the past five years, the program has successfully trained and equipped 50 young people from across the continent as reported by IOL. These fellows have implemented their own community initiatives, positively impacting the lives of more than 1,000 individuals.

Endorsed by Beyonce Knowles Carter through her foundation BeyGOOD, the program takes young leaders through a multi-phase curriculum designed to equip them with the necessary skills and leadership tools to make a meaningful difference in their communities.

Ivy McGregor, the Director of Social Responsibility at BeyGood, emphasised the importance of empowering young people to become societal leaders. She expressed her excitement about the fellows’ future and their potential to conquer challenges and create change. The program was created to address the gap many young individuals face after completing their education and entering the job market.


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One of the program graduates, Hope Mnguni from Johannesburg, highlighted how the fellowship empowered her to think creatively and expressed her desire to positively impact the world using the valuable skills acquired during the program. The initial six months focused on developing power skills, leadership, and adaptability, while the subsequent month’s involved departmental work, including digital campaigns and marketing for social change.

Lipalesa Morake, the program coordinator, emphasised the significance of supporting initiatives like this, especially in a country with a high unemployment rate. She encouraged the fellows to leave a lasting legacy by contributing to developing their communities and workplaces, emphasising the importance of instilling core values and passing on knowledge to others.

The Global Citizen Fellowship Program is a testament to the commitment of Global Citizen, BeyGOOD, and their partners to eradicate extreme poverty and empower young African leaders to become catalysts for change.

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