Theme: 'Enhancing partnerships for 21st Century Skills: youth as job creators, not job seekers.' The African Union Commission in collaboration with ECOWAS, the National Agency.
To train youth leaders capable of creating sustainable businesses that are more resilient to climate change, environmental degradation, and market transformation.
To contribute directly to the reduction of poverty through raising incomes of young smallholder farmers
in rural areas.
To give rural youth the skills to manage profitable, sustainable, and resilient farm and non-farm
To research the characteristics of enabling environments and empowering, rural youth to articulate these needs to institutions and policy makers.
To develop public/private partnership building activities and support of youth advocates allowing rural youth and organizations to influence policies and institutions that affect their livelihoods.
The experiences I acquired through GYIN as a GYIN Coordinator has afforded me many opportunities. From being the first Global Coordinator of GYIN Youth Advisory Council to being a part of the GYIN strategy meeting with IFAD to now being employed as Benin Administrator of the African Group ADS Global Corporation SA. This Holding is present in 10 major countries, operates through various subsidiaries whose mission has been for 20 years to deploy effective development solutions that address the key issues facing the African economy. Among the initiatives of the group, we have the project AKON LIGHTING AFRICA. I could not have been in this position if I did not participate in the first international summit in October 2011, the Global Youth Innovation Forum.
I am grateful for your leadership taking GYIN from challenges to opportunities and successes. It has been a wonderful experience for me to work with visionary and passionate young people like me from around the world and discover how interdependent the people of our world have become. I am kindly expressing my humble satisfaction being part of the international group and also the exposure that the Global Youth Innovation Network has given me to learn from different environments and communities. I challenge myself to pay back through my commitment to action and my determination to collaborate with people regardless of the differences.
(Facilitator GYIN International Team Rwanda)
Being a part of GYIN is one of the best choices I made. It offered me the opportunity to share with other youths who, like me, believe that the change we want is now and we are not spectators in this movement but actors. Before the launch of GYIN, I was just managing my farm and was dreaming of something bigger, but since I had the opportunity to visit the Songhai center in Benin during the launch of GYIN, my vision is much more clearer and I know where Iím going to.
Darline Symphonie Ntankeu Yepmou
(Administrative Manager & Agribusiness Specialist International Coordination Team Cameroon)
My experience with GYIN has giving me the opportunity of growth in leadership and communication by leading training camp and sensitizing partners to involve youth in development agendas. The benefit of GYIN is having the right position to influence others about the power of GYIN programs and the impact it has on the lives of ambitious youths.
(Regional Membership Development/Outreach Coordinator GYIN Madagascar)
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GYIN recognized the need to provide a continuous "space" where young entrepreneurs will meet investors and supporters to raise start up capital through investment.