Global Citizen Africa has announced that applications for the second annual GlobalCitizen Fellowship Programme Powered by BeyGOOD are now open. The programme,which was launched in 2019, following the overwhelming success of financial and policycommitments made at Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in December 2018, isintended to unearth South African youth with remarkable potential.
Established by the worldwide entertainment sensation Beyoncé and funded by Americanactor and filmmaker Tyler Perry, with administration by BeyGOOD, the FellowshipProgramme supports Global Citizen’s vision of eliminating extreme poverty by 2030.
“It’s sobering to consider that, according to Stats SA, 55.2% of young people under theage of 25 are unemployed,” says Nadia-Ruth Froesch, Senior Programme Manager,Global Citizen Africa, “and perhaps even more alarming to consider that 31% of newgraduates are unable to find work. This is not only a devastating position for each affectedindividual to be in, but a demographic time bomb. It needs to be addressed in every waypossible and as a matter of urgency if the goal of eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 isto be achieved. And the only way out of the cycle of poverty is through meaningful
Based in Johannesburg, the programme allows for 10 young people to serve a paid,year-long fellowship with Global Citizen, focusing on the organisation’s four pillars ofactivity: creative, campaigns, rewards and marketing. The primary aim is to immerse theFellows in the use of digital technology for social change, storytelling tactics that shiftattitudes, and the process of building lasting professional relationships. It also aims tofoster an in-depth understanding of the role that innovation has to play in a constantly
“As Global Director of BeyGOOD it’s been an honour to lead Beyoncé’s vision with ourstrategic partner, Global Citizen. We committed to provide top talent students with ayear-long paid experience to increase job skills, training and social impact savvy to helperadicate extreme poverty. I’m delighted that we have done just that. And now we will begraduating our first group of Fellows who are wonderful changemakers,” says IvyMcGregor, Director of VIP and Social Responsibility for Parkwood Entertainment.
Applications for the 2020 Global Citizen Fellowship Programme Powered by BeyGOODcan be made online, and will be accepted from 16 to 30 March. A shortlist will beannounced on 2 April, and shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend interviews inJohannesburg between 14 and 17 April. The final Fellows will be announced on Friday, 20April, and the programme will begin on Monday, 4 May.
The programme will consist of multiple phases, with each Fellow being allocated asupervisor from the Global Citizen Africa team. They will also benefit from personalisedmentorship from leaders in entertainment, business, government and civil society, allaimed at enabling them to realise their potential to become global agents of change.
The multifaceted programme will cover subjects such as leadership, advocacy,international development, and global citizenship. Fellows will also have the opportunity totake part in a series of masterclasses and educational field trips designed to help themdevelop into value-based, community-driven leaders. After this, they will be placed withinthe Global Citizen Africa team, which will offer invaluable hands-on work experience.
The final phase of the programme will provide Fellows with the skills and resourcesneeded to help them secure work after the Fellowship Programme ends, and give themthe best possible chance of achieving both their personal and broader social goals.
Fellows who demonstrate exceptional potential will be given a once-in-a-lifetimeopportunity to travel to an international destination to attend a Global Citizen Festival.
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