Call for Application: Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative Program

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Call for Application: Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative Program

Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative Program

Become one of the 50 empowered students who apply for the CYFI Program. With the help of this program, young people in Nigeria will be given the tools they need to advance entrepreneurship, good governance, public health, and civil freedoms. The U.S. Consulate General, Lagos, introduced the dynamic youth-based Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) in 2011. Nigerian youth with remarkable vision, talent, and experience are brought together by CYFI to create and carry out projects that will benefit Nigerian society. Walter Carrington, a former ambassador to Nigeria who served as the organization’s inspiration, was a supporter of democracy, civil liberties, and improved ties between the United States and Nigeria. The CYFI fellows are dedicated to putting Walter Carrington’s principles into action.

Our Why

Youth unemployment is a significant challenge in Nigeria, as young people between the ages of 15 and 35 constitute over 60% of the country’s population and make up a significant portion of the unemployed population. The majority of this population consists of university students, who bring their unique perspectives to drive innovation and address business issues but are limited by funding, expertise, and an enabling environment.

Equipping aspiring and emerging student entrepreneurs in tertiary institutions with the skills, knowledge, and network to adapt to the changing business environment, innovate, and scale their businesses towards promoting youth employment and economic growth.

Goal

This program will equip 50 aspiring and emerging student entrepreneurs in tertiary institutions across Lagos State with the skills, knowledge, and network to adapt to the changing business environment, innovate, and scale their businesses towards promoting youth employment and economic growth in Lagos State.

Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative Program Application criteria

Applicants must be a/an:

  • Students in tertiary institutions
  • Not more than 18 – 35 years
  • Available to commit 3-4 hours weekly to the program from August to November
  • Available to students in tertiary institutions in Lagos State only

Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative Program Program Timeline

Timeline for the application process to be completed;

June 16 – Application Opens

June 30- Applications Closes

July 14- Semi-finalists Notified

July 28- Finalists Notified

August 2023- Program Commences

November 2023- Pitch/Demo Day

About CYFI

We envision a Nigeria that works for its young populace.

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower our members and young Nigerians with proactive engagement, training, collaboration and networking opportunities that promote careers development, and build organizations, and drive active citizenry.

Who We Are

We are an empowered network of Nigerians driving high-impact engagement across sectors in Nigeria and across the globe. Our high-impact programs and engagements promote deep learning, systemic change and interactions with state, market and civil society stakeholders from the local to global community.

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