Applications for the 2021 Active Citizen Fellowship for Young Civil Society Leaders in Nigeria are ongoing.
About the Active Citizen Fellowship
The Active Citizen Fellowship is intended for Nigerian young civil society leaders who have previously proven a passion and dedication to promoting democracy and improving the quality of life in their communities via their activities.
The fellowship provides participants with the opportunity to gain knowledge about citizen participation and advocacy from industry leaders.
The Active Citizen Fellowship is divide into four weeks of activities:
- Week One: The first week of the fellowship will focus on storytelling. First, the fellows will spend time with an experienced communications expert to learn how to tell stories that touch the heart. Then, the fellows would use what they have learned by writing a story to convince the public to support their Tweet campaign on itakeactions.org. The fellows would score a point for every one citizen that answers their call for action.
- Week Two: The fellows will spend time with a seasoned advocacy expert to learn about engaging with the government the right way. Then, to put to use what they have learned both in the first and second weeks, the fellows will create a petition campaign on itakeactions.org and mobilize citizens to sign the petition. Finally, points would be allocated to the fellows based on the number of citizens that signed their petition.
- Week Three: The focus for the week would be fundraising for causes. The fellows will learn from someone who has mobilized millions of Naira locally using online and offline strategies. The Fellows will work on a fundraising campaign for their causes through itakeactions.org. And points will be awarded to fellows based on the number of citizens that supported their campaigns.
- Week Four: Week four is the final week of learning. The fellows will have a session with an industry expert leveraging active citizenship in his/her work to learn more about how to incorporate active citizenship as a programming strategy. This final week, fellows would share a video story of how the fellowship has impacted them and their work so far and what a N50,000 grant would do for them if they emerged as the grant winner.
You are eligible if
- You are not more than 45 years of age;
- You run a registered nonprofit organization in Nigeria;
- You can dedicate two hours weekly for online training and meet-up, and
- You have access to a computer with a webcam and good internet connection.
- Fellows would have the opportunity to learn from highly experienced industry experts.
- One participant will receive a N50,000 grant and all participants will have premium access to itakeactions.org for one year, worth N15,000, to run their campaigns and mobilize citizens for support.
Interested candidates who wish to apply can click on the button below:
NOTE: The organizers may close the applications if they have considerable number of applications to choose from.
For more information visit the official website of Active Citizen Fellowship