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The Trust set up a youth mentorship programme aimed at identifying promising youth advocates and build their capacity to carry out advocacy for improved adolescent health. The strategies are based on the premises that;

  • If public and private sector leaders at the global and regional levels are aligned and actively advocate for the implementation of the SDGs and RMNCAH post-2015 agenda;
  • And if civil society leaders in Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, and/or Mozambique are better equipped to advocate for the implementation and domestication of the SDGs and advancement of the post-2015 RMNCAH agenda;
  • And if advocacy is coordinated and integrated across the RMNCAH continuum of care per the guidance provided by the Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health;
  • Then increased political and financial commitment by key public and private sector leaders to deliver on the SDGs and the post-2015 RMNCAHN agenda at the global, regional and country levels will be realised.


Adolescents as agents of change

The Mentorship Programme identifies and nurtures young and up-coming advocates who are poised to create social transformation in their communities and countries through their advocacy and action. The programme focuses mainly on education, health and nutrition, early childhood development and the fight giant child rights violations. Preferences is given to dynamic young school leavers who would benefit from mentorship which enables them to carve out a career in the social sciences field. Candidates for the programme are identified in partnership with the African Youth and Adolescent Network (AfriYAN) and the Youth Constituency of the Partnership for Maternal, New-born and Child Health (PMNCH).

A structured 12-month mentorship programme

  • - Advocacy, communication and media engagement training
  • - Practical engagement in advocacy missions support, working closely with experienced advocates
  • - Mentees are supported to embark on group and individual special research and actions projects in elective thematic and focus area
  • - Mentees are supported to carry out individual practical research and advocacy projects
  • - Advocacy on UN international days
  • - Training on how to carry out social media campaigns
  • Christina Chilimba

    Her Liberty- Malawi

  • Hastings Banda

    Eye for Development- Malawi

  • Maria Manjate

    AMODEFA- Mozabique

  • Halima Lila

    Hope Centre for Children


  • Seif Ibrahim

    AfriYan- Tanzania

  • Shuko Musemangezhi

    Zambian Association of Literacy


  • Nyamakando Simamuma

    Young Women in Action