2024 OMLA Fellowship Program is a flagship project of NELIS – Next Leaders’ Initiative for Sustainability. It operates in four regions: Africa, Asia, Latin America, and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) since 2022. 2024 OMLA Fellowship Program aims to equip one million NexGen leaders and social innovators with the required skills to lead positive and sustainable change in their regions by 2030. In 2024, they aim to train and empower at least 7500 leaders in the four regions and support the implementation of more than 100 community projects. The OML Fellowship Program annually awards the OML Fellowship to passionate youth from the four regions.
FELLOWS’ INTENSIVE TRAINING
Fellows’ Intensive Training is the first phase, where selected young leaders receive intensive training based on the five pillars of the OML Fellowship Curriculum. These selected young leaders are referred to as Fellows.
Fellows take on a leadership challenge to connect, inspire, and empower young leaders in their communities as they pass on their learnings and build a team. They call this second tier of young leaders Champions, and each Fellow is expected to build a team of at least 20 Champions (50 in OMLA). In this phase, Fellows will also be provided with a series of Masterclasses on key sustainability topics, while they lead the training with their Champions.
Fellows enter into a project implementation phase in collaboration with the team they built in Phase 2. Based on a rigorous screening process, selected fellows will be able to do their projects to innovate around key sustainability challenges in their communities with a micro-grant from NELIS. Fellows may propose themes based on what they perceive to be key social and environmental challenges in their community or country.
GRADUATION AND OML ALUMNI COMMUNITY
All Fellows and Champions who have completed the Fellowship will graduate as OML leaders and may join the global OML Alumni Community. They will help connect, inspire, and empower NexGen leaders around the world and gain access to the networking and empowerment opportunities provided in and through the Alumni Community.
The culmination of the OMLA Fellowship Program lies in the formation of the OMLA Alumni Community. This vibrant network serves as a lifelong platform for continued learning, collaboration, and mentorship among former Fellows, Stars, and Starlets. This alumni community fosters a spirit of collective action, ensuring that the OMLA legacy continues to shape the future of African leadership.
The OMLA Fellowship Program stands as a testament to the boundless potential of young African leaders. By empowering them with knowledge, skills, and mentorship, the program is cultivating a generation of changemakers who are dedicated to building a more equitable and prosperous Africa. The ripple effects of this initiative are already transforming communities across the continent, and its impact is poised to grow exponentially as more young leaders join the OMLA family.
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Engaged in social/ environmental/ sustainability areas: Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in and experience working in social, environmental, or sustainability-related fields. This could include volunteering, internships, or participation in relevant community initiatives.
Committed to leading and mentoring other youths for positive social change: Applicants must possess a strong passion for social leadership and a commitment to mentoring and guiding other young individuals to create positive change in their communities.
Passionate for sustainable and ethical action and community development: Applicants must be genuinely passionate about sustainable and ethical practices, and they must be committed to contributing to the development and growth of their communities.
Willing to commit to completing the training program and have access to the Internet: Applicants must be fully committed to completing the rigorous two-month training program and must have reliable access to the Internet to participate in online sessions and resources.
Age: Between 18 to 40 at the time of application: Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 40 at the time of application. This age range ensures that the program attracts a diverse group of individuals from various backgrounds and life experiences.
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Eligible Regions: Open For all African countries