The Social Innovators Programme & Awards (SIPA) is our platform for equipping, empowering and showcasing young changemakers with requisite skills and effective tools for building sustainable enterprises. With the support of Union Bank Nigeria and other corporate sponsors, have enabled these young changemakers transition their social change ideas into scalable social enterprises.
Leveraging on the vibrant youth capacity and the ever-growing youth population in Africa for social good.
Young people are known to be at the forefront of innovation, empowering them with requisite skills and effective tools will directly affect the collective future of Africa and the world.
Providing informed professional support for social entrepreneurs for sustainability and scaling.
The SIPA Model
Millennials are changing the face of social impact globally; either through their innovative social enterprise models or through the dynamic ways that they have approached social change-whether through disruptive fundraising, social media activism, or by demanding public transparency. In Africa, social innovation is increasingly being recognised as a pathway to systemic change and development.. In the midst of complex and diverse social, political, ecological, and economic challenges, young people in Africa are said to be at the forefront of this transformation.
In 2004, LEAP Africa pioneered the celebration of young people who are leading positive change efforts in local communities through the Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards (ANYLA). The Awards increased the awareness of the role of young people as change agents. After about a decade, LEAP Africa came to the realisation that while Nigeria had witnessed increased youth interest in social innovation, many of them lacked the essential skills and support to establish effective, sustainable and scalable initiatives, such that could accelerate the transformation of their local communities and the nation at large when scaled.
Building on successes of the ANYLA, and the emerging needs of social change agents in Nigeria, LEAP redefined the awards into a year long fellowship programme- the Social Innovators Programme and Awards (SIPA). The year long fellowship programme offers training and skills support for young social innovators and culminates with an Awards ceremony to showcase and celebrate talented young social innovators below the age of 35 whose ideas and initiatives offer innovative and effective solutions to their challenges in local communities across Nigeria.
During a programme cycle, 20 social entrepreneurs selected from a pool of applicants, participate in activities outlined for the fellowship year. The initiatives of Fellows cover various aspects of the society, such as Agriculture, Youth Empowerment, Education, Science & Technology, Health, Law, Human Rights, among others. Fellows are equipped, supported, and showcased through series of training sessions (physical and online), mentorship, provision of local & international funding and partnership opportunities.
Mentors, Graduating Class of 2017/2018
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