The Young & Emerging Leaders Project (YELP) 2018An Update
The 2018 YELP fellows attended their second, of three, seminar from the 6th to 8th July, that was held at Victoria Forest Resort, Kalangala.
The seminar was be centered on defining, achieving and managing success. The fellows explored these topics through reflection on a range of selected readings, and discussions with the LeO Africa Institute faculty, as well as guest speakers from our partners, Stanbic Bank. The readings covered aspects of success in the personal, financial and leadership spheres.
Class of 2018 YELP Experience
Good leadership will set a clear vision and influence a group of people to understand and accept it. And it will inspire great performance from the subjects and productivity to achieve the vision. The YELP fellowship is important because it is selecting socially conscious leaders that want to improve society and nurturing them as the next generation of leaders with the right skills needed to be effective leaders.
YELP, to me, is a space that invests in the world’s greatest resource, which is human potential. Being a part of this fellowship has exposed me to a vibrant community of young change makers who are committed to making a contribution towards the development and general wellbeing of people across East Africa and beyond. The diversity and balance among Fellows makes the YELP experience even better, because I get to learn from, share with and have a team of individuals supporting me in different capacities.
The YELP fellowship has helped me learn new tricks to being an effective leader and know our journey into leadership is shaped by one’s own traits and character. There is no universal definition of success and it’s important to celebrate achievements even if they are small as you continue to pursue your life’s goals. Success is defined by what are your life’s objectives and what they intend to achieve.
Leadership is critical especially for young people. They are the leaders of tomorrow but without being taught the fundamentals, without knowing where our forefathers failed and what we can do better then, Africa will not rise. That is why fellowships like YELP help stir up a conversation on good leadership, it shifts the mind to see the reality on ground and help inspire the younger generation to reach out; to be better citizens and step up to take up roles in the community for the betterment of our society.
Perhaps the greatest call for our generation goes way beyond leadership and extends to the ability to stand up loudly for the things we believe in. We no longer have the option, as young people of waiting in line or participating simply as by-standers in matters that actively affect us.
The sixth Annual Writivism Literary Festival is taking place from 17 – 19th of August 2018 with the theme, Legacy. Over three days, starting at the National Theatre on Friday and The Square Place on Saturday and Sunday, we will think how the past is remembered, negotiated and adapted to inform the present and future through among others, book launches, panel discussions, keynote addresses, poetry and music performances, visual arts and photography exhibitions, poetry and so on.