My experience so far being a Fellow has been a great one, LEAP gave me so much exposure, gave me the opportunity to have working experience, made me a problem solver which initiated me to take more responsibility in my community than before.

Abimbola Ogunbiyi

The iLEAD Fellowship is a two-pronged initiative launched in 2017 in Akwa Ibom State. It equips and prepares young university graduates who are passionate about social change with the skills, knowledge and experience to become ready talent for the social sector in Nigeria. In addition, it trains young graduates to impart leadership and life skills training, guide and influence public secondary school students while undergoing their National Youth Service. On the other hand these graduates, in turn, inspire and empower students in secondary schools by cascading leadership, life and employability skills required for personal effectiveness and to transition successfully to high education or paid jobs.

The development sector is fast growing and holds a huge promise to reduce unemployment, however, there is no structured talent management pipeline for transitions into this industry. Ford Foundation and LEAP Africa have embarked on a two-year partnership (2017 – 2019) to bridge this gap.

Under the current design, Fellows are supported to maximize their one year service to improve their agency in serving within communities by delivering LEAP’s curriculum to year 10-11 students in public secondary Schools in five communities in Eket, Oron, Uyo. It has an overall goal of enabling successful transitions from high school to higher education, paid employment or alternative pathways such as entrepreneurship.

In 2018, LEAP graduated its year 1 Fellow and the evidence of this programme proves that youth agency can be harnessed for change.

Our Fellows

Visit  Corporate publications to read published reports and articles of this Fellowship programme.