Laureate International Universities and the International Youth Foundation commit to establish a YouthActionNet Institute in Morocco. The program will equip young social entrepreneurs to lead effective and impactful change in Morocco. Specifically, the commitment will focus on three key activities:
First, the program will enhance the capacity of young social entrepreneurs by establishing the YouthActionNet Institute at Université Internationale de Casablanca (UIC). Ten young social entrepreneurs will be selected in the first year for participation in two seven-day leadership trainings and additional learning opportunities. The program will support entrepreneurs by equipping them with the skills, networks, and resources they need to be more effective managers, more extraordinary leaders, and more credible voices.
Second, the program will develop tools to bolster the youth social entrepreneurship infrastructure in Morocco. Examples include YouthActionNet Social Innovation Curriculum adapted to the local context, online recruitment and selection databases, selection criteria and recruitment processes adapted to the local context, and implementation and evaluation toolkits. Third, the program will inspire university students to act as changemakers by implementing University Connect elements. These elements will recruit university students to work as consultants, proposing creative solutions to current challenges being faced by the entrepreneurs ventures, as part of their classwork. Ventures gain useful advice, products, and services, while students gain valuable professional experience and the opportunity to apply classroom learning. These mutually-beneficial activities demonstrate social entrepreneurship possibilities to students while empowering them to give back to young leaders.
IYF has been implementing and refining the YouthActionNet model for 15 years and will bring its body of knowledge to adapt the model in Morocco. Université Internationale de Casablanca (UIC), a member of the Laureate International Universities network, will leverage its infrastructure in implementing this program in Morocco and will engage the university community in furthering the concept of youth social entrepreneurship.
July October 2015: Program design and capacity building of the local partner
November 2015 February 2016: Recruitment and selection of Moroccan young social entrepreneurs
February December 2016: Training, mentoring, and support to selected participants
The best solutions to a communitys most pressing problems are often developed by the people living in that community. In particular, young social entrepreneurs are well-equipped to aid their communities as they are often dynamic, resourceful, and create their own leadership roles. These young social entrepreneurs struggle to overcome several critical disadvantages, such as a lack of leadership development opportunities and inadequate networks that limit their ability to connect to essential resources and opportunities. From addressing potential supporters to maintaining relationships with their own families, their very profile as young agents of change puts them at a disadvantage; risk-aversion and negative perceptions of youth are common in many societies and create additional barriers to success for those young people who possess a can do attitude about solving their communities most pressing problems. International Youth Foundation (IYF), in signature partnership with the Laureate International Universities network, has built and refined a model that equips young people to think critically about their leadership tactics. The program, YouthActionNet, is a leadership development program where IYF works with young social entrepreneurs to enhance their innovative change strategies and connects them to networks significantly affecting their overall impact and contributing to their credibility as change agents and leaders. IYF and the Laureate International Universities Network, in partnership with multiple partners, have established 20 YouthActionNet institutes globally.