GRIC Africa Youth Fellowship’s 4th Cohort Embarks on a Journey to Empower Uganda’s Future Leaders

Youth Fellows during Orientation

We are excited to commence the placement and orientation phase of our next cohort in the GRIC Africa Youth Fellowship program, also known as the Karacel Fellowship (KaF). The journey ahead promises to be transformative, with these incredible young minds embarking on a 6-month adventure across six partner organizations in Uganda:

  1. Arua Youth Development Initiative (AYDI)
  2. Community Focus International (CFI)
  3. Development Path for Community Transformation (DEPCOT)
  4. Foundation for Inclusive Community Help (FICH)
  5. Growth Care Uganda (GCU)
  6. Saving Aid Foundation (SAF)

The recent orientation at FICH Head Offices at Karacel Community Development Center (KCDC), Akongatar C, Angweta Parish, Iceme Sub-county, Oyam District marked the beginning of this transformative journey.

What’s in store for the Fellows?

  • Access to practical skills
  • Career development
  • Competitiveness in the 21st-century job market
  • Continuous Mentorship by experienced professionals

This fellowship runs parallel to the Youth Leadership Program, offering invaluable insights into the real-world work environment that campus life might not provide.

As Patrick Ocen, the program coordinator for CBO Capacity Strengthening, emphasized, “There is no school that teaches experience.” Over the next six months, we expect our partners to offer mentorship and professional experience that will shape these young talents into future leaders.

Ponsiano Coda, the program manager at CFI, spoke of the phenomenal opportunity to support young people, having already conducted orientation. Moses Okello, Executive Director of GCU, emphasized the importance of aligning volunteers’ skill sets with the needs of partner organizations, much like the Peace Corps.

Ricky Ojok, the Executive Director at AYDI, commended the previous cohort and encouraged the new Fellows to ask questions and make the most of this learning opportunity.

The youth Fellows are eager to go on this career mentorship program, including fresh graduates like Oluma Denis Otim (CFI), Olal Isaac Jerry (GCU), Angom Dorine (SAF), Sophie Tabu Agenorwot (DEPCOT), Akullu Faith (FICH), and Sabella Angwec (AYDI). Emmy Zoomlamai Okello the Executive Director at FICH while welcoming the Fellows into the program said, “They may be recent graduates, but their potential is boundless!”

The previous cohort is concluding its six-month journey this month, with a total of 15 Ugandan youths graduating from the Youth Leadership program, which laid the foundation for the GRIC Africa Youth Fellowship.


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