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U.S. Government Strengthens Zambian Youth Leadership and Civic Engagement

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U.S. Government Strengthens Zambian Youth Leadership and Civic Engagement

I’m sure that we Youth Lead alumni are actually going to shape the policy around greater inclusion of young people in governance.

LUSAKA, Zambia, November 30, 2021 / APO Group / –

On November 18, the latest group of 44 youth leaders graduated from the Youth Lead program supported by the US government through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Arts of the Government of the Republic of Zambia. USAID’s Youth Lead program provided leadership skills training and civic engagement for 364 young women and men in Zambia over the past three years.

Youth Lead develops civic participation and leadership skills through a training program, which uses a positive youth development approach to help participants reach their full potential. Youth Lead participants are paired with local and international civil society organizations, government agencies, and private sector partners for a six-month paid internship to help hone the skills learned in the program.

At the end of the internship, participants receive small grants to develop and run a community initiative or advocacy campaign to strengthen their civic engagement, organization, and planning skills. Youth Lead participants leave the program with the skills, tools, and confidence to take on greater civic responsibility roles in the community and country.

Youth Lead alumnus Jane Nakasuma said: “I am sure that we Youth Lead alumni are actually going to shape the policy around greater inclusion of young people in governance.”

Youth Lead also strengthens the capacity of the National Youth Development Council by establishing structures and systems that allow positive youth participation.

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