LEAP Africa is Calling on Young Social Innovators! Social Innovators Programme and Awards 2013

Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability and Professionalism (LEAP) Africa is a non-profit organization committed to developing dynamic, innovative and principled African leaders. Since 2002, through its core Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) and Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards (ANYLA), LEAP has advanced the cause of youth-led community consciousness for development in Nigeria.


Social Innovation Quest

The Social Innovators Programme (SIP) will support talented youth between the ages of 18 and 29, whose ideas and initiatives offer effective solutions to challenges in local communities across Nigeria, with the necessary training, funding, advocacy and network support required to strengthen their existing initiatives and enhance their sustainability and impact.  Through the programme’s partnership with the International Youth Foundation’s YouthActionNet® programme (, young innovators will become members of a global network of over 880 change-makers from 70+ countries. Over three months, LEAP will provide selected youth with training and support based on YouthActionNet’s curriculum focused on the “Six Dimensions of Leadership” (Personal, Visionary, Collaborative, Political, Organizational, and Societal).


The Social Innovators Programme and Awards Launch will hold on Monday, November 11, 2013 at Shell Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan Lagos. The distinguished speaker at this event is Mr. Rick Little, Founder, International Youth Foundation (IYF). The IYF is a global non-profit organization dedicated to preparing young people to become healthy, productive and engaged citizens and has supported LEAP Africa since 2004.


Do you qualify for the SIP?

Applicants must meet the following entry requirement to be considered for the programme. They must be:

  • Nigerians resident in Nigeria (not Nigerians in the Diaspora).

  • Between ages 18 – 29 years.

  • Initiators of such projects/initiatives/organisations that are positively impacting local communities and lives of Nigerians particularly in achieving the MDGs through their creativity and innovation.

  • Able to document and prove their work, benefits and some level of sustenance amongst communities and Nigeria for a minimum of 12 months prior to date of application for the SIP.


Twenty (20) social innovators will be enrolled into the programme. Participants will undergo two different 5-day trainings within a 6 month interval. The SIP will be offered free of charge and the programme covers cost of accommodation, road travel, feeding and daily stipends.


Steps to Applying

     1.   Like our page on facebook,

  1. Follow us on twitter, or @leapafrica & mention the programme you are applying for – with a #tag (e.g Chike Adeyemi Abu/#SIP2013).

  2. Visit to download the application forms and email to sipa@leapafrica.


Application deadline is September 30, 2013.


Programme Details

Location: Lagos State

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the SIP team at or call 012706541/2, 07011081954 if you have any questions or concerns.


#.  Applicant must be a founder or co-founder of the project/organization which has been running for not less than one (1) year. The founder or co-founder is defined as the person who, either alone or as part of a team, conceiving and establishing the project/organization.





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