Leveraging Youth Employability, Entrepreneurship and Civic Engagement.
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A Multifaceted Youth Empowerment Model
YouthConnekt is a platform designed to connect the youth for socio-economic transformation. As defined by the National Strategy for Transformation, the Rwandan greatest resource/transformation actors are its youth. Yet, this abundant resource had been relatively untapped and facing cross-cutting issues such as limited access to finances, lack of entepreneurship skills, scarce employment opportunities, and often set apart from decision-making discussions.
As a result, these challenges obstruct the youth from meaningfully contributing to the social, economic and political transformation of their Country and continent at large.
In 2012, The Government of Rwanda partnered with UNDP to initiate the YouthConnektprogramme that is a multifaceted youth empowerment model focused on leveraging youth employability, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement through innovation with a specific mission to serve as a portal of connecting youth with their peers, role models, skills and resources for their socio-economic empowerment.
The initiative won different global and continental recognitions including the 2013 UNDP Africa Innovation Award, 2019 AG Fund Prize, the Future Policy Gold Award 2019 for Economic Empowerment of Youth as well as the official endorsement by the African Union. The program attracted different partners varying from Private sector, civil society, academia as well as development partners that optimized efforts of each actor towards youth empowerment goals.
Official Launch of YouthConnekt
Where it all started!
As youth you have to seek knowledge, don’t reach a point where you feel like you are done with learning, your thirst for knowledge should be constant. Learning is a lifelong endeavour,
H.E Paul KagamePresident of the Republic of Rwanda
If we are empowering youth, we are empowering our economy and our continent  … We invite you to be partners and drivers in the delivery of the transformation of Africa.
Hon. Rosemary MbabaziMinister of Youth and culture, Rwanda
Ask yourself as a young entrepreneur. What do you want? What don’t you want? How much time do you want to commit and what will you do to reach it?
Jack MaFounder - Alibaba group
We are looking for respect, but we have to prove why we deserve it. All my life was full of challenges, but the challenges made me take the lead of my life.
Didier DrogbaIvorian retired professional footballer
In 2012, The Government of Rwanda partnered with UNDP to initiate the YouthConnektprogramme that is a multifaceted youth empowerment model focused on leveraging youth employability, entrepreneurship and civic engagement through innovation with a specific mission to serve as portal of connecting youth with their peers, role models, skills and resources for their socio-economic empowerment.