Inspiring the Next Generation of African Leaders & Entrepreneurs
African youth have the potential, what they lack is the opportunity.
Building accountable leaders requires education and mentorship.
The Skills Gap
62% of youths in Uganda lack the job skills required of them by employers. This continues to hold back millions of graduates/young people from finding gainful employment.
It's estimated that 80% of youth are unemployed in Africa according to the African Development Bank. Within the next 15 years, 375 million young people will become of working age in Africa.
Lack of Practical Leadership Education Programs
According to the International Labour Organization: "the top priority for Africa is to develop innovative training and skills development schemes that better align young job seeker’s profiles with the needs of local labour markets."
Annual Leaders Gathering
Each year, we invite 150 student leaders to gather and work together to improve their leadership skills. They then return to their respective schools and apply the knowledge and skills acquired to effectively lead and influence others as positive examples. We continue to work with these student leaders at their schools.
For this year-long leadership development program, we partner with schools to implement a robust leadership curriculum that empowers over 500 young people to lead and use their influence to bring about change in their communities.
Over 350 young emerging leaders have walked through this leadership training and jobreadiness skills program. The forum leads participants through structured conversations, experiences and interactions with influential individuals from the business community, civil society and public sector.
At LeadMinds Africa, we understand that for young people to thrive in leadership, they need access to mentors who can support their personal growth and development. Through our mentorship program, we have impacted more than 100 young people, especially high school students and university students ,with whom we have developed mentor-mentee relationships.
LeadMinds Africa is equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to embody leadership values and implement sustainable solutions in their communities and beyond.
Meet the Future Leaders of Africa
Denis Obua Oscar
Student leader at Kyambogo University
For many years, I have been longing to experience greater leadership and mentorship. During my second year at University, I happened to come across an online e-flyer advertising a leadership forum organized by LeadMinds Africa. I attended it and it was from there that I encountered various individuals passionate about leadership and community impact. I learned a lot from the conference and gained the zeal and will to exercise my leadership potential.
Ultimately, being part of LeadMinds has made my goals and ambitions in leadership more clear and achievable, since I have gained a lot of experience, skills, and confidence. I have met many fascinatingly interesting people who have guided me in my line of interests and passion. LeadMinds definitely has been an eye opening experience to my leadership career.
Founder, Bakash Media Foundation
Isaac Bakashaba, was part of LeadMinds Africa inaugural cohort of young leaders and he has stayed connected with fellow leaders through our large network of Change Makers. He is currently pursuing his dream of building a platform that mentors and inspires young people with a passion to establish a career in Media & journalism.
He says that when he attended our leaders forum, he gained inspiration, tools and resources that increased his confidence and competence to start working on his idea:
“It’s always humbling meeting up with one of my mentors Nkulanga Enock. LeadMinds Africa was and is the start point of my initiative. Since then my life and people around me have never been the same and I believe together we can impact our community greatly.”
This is why it is important to inspire and support young leaders just like Isaac: their passion and creativity sparks solutions to real community issues.
Become a part of our growing movement and inspire the next generation of African Leaders