Global Cooperative Entrepreneurs (GCE) Youth Ambassadors 2022 for Young Kenyans – Call for Applications
When is the application deadline:
Tell me about the Global Cooperative Entrepreneurs (GCE) Youth Ambassadors:
The GCE is a mentoring program aimed at supporting youth ambassadors interested in starting a cooperative. The program builds on a three-step approach to mobilizing young people and solving community needs together by setting up cooperative enterprises. Inspired by the CoopStarter 2.0 Erasmus+ and ICA-EU project (#coops4dev🌍) of Cooperatives Europe, the program aims to take the cooperative model to the next level within international development policies and programmes.
What kind of scholarship is this?
Who can apply for Global Cooperative Entrepreneurs (GCE) Youth Ambassadors?
1. Youth 18-35 years old
2. Have an entrepreneurial idea that can solve a community need by establishing a cooperative enterprise.
3. An innovative person who enjoys solving community problems.
4. Willingness to organize events.
5. Effective communicator who can mobilize young people
6. Team player.
7. Residing in these counties in Kenya (Nairobi, Nyeri, Kisumu, Uasin Gishu, Kakamega, Mombasa, Kericho, Nakuru, Machakos and Meru).
Which countries are eligible?
Where will the prize be won?
How many scholarships are given?
What is the benefit of Global Cooperative Entrepreneurs (GCE) Youth Ambassadors?
Why is the cooperative business model a great option for youth-led start-ups?
The cooperative model is a great option for young entrepreneurs because it allows people to take control of their economic future. The International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) defines cooperatives as people-oriented enterprises owned, controlled and managed by and for their members to fulfill their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations. Cooperatives bring people together in a democratic and equal way. Whether the members are customers, employees, users or residents, cooperatives are governed democratically according to the ‘one member, one vote’ rule. Members share equal voting rights regardless of the amount of capital they invest in the company. As companies driven by values and not just profit, cooperatives share internationally agreed principles and work together for a better world through collaboration. By putting fairness, equality and social justice at the heart of the business, cooperatives around the world empower people to work together to create sustainable businesses that generate jobs and long-term wealth.
Why should you become a GCE Youth Ambassador?
As GCE Youth Ambassadors, you will have a unique opportunity to participate in a 6-month mentoring program to support you in realizing your cooperative start-up business idea. The GCE mentors are experts from cooperative societies and youth organizations working together in a VET partnership to foster an enabling environment for innovative and youth-led cooperative start-ups. As a Youth Ambassador, you will also have access to online and offline learning opportunities to build new networks and create new positive changes for your communities.
What is expected of you as a youth ambassador?
The GCE program kicks off with training for Youth Ambassadors organized by the International Cooperative Alliance – Africa. After the training, you will be put in touch with mentors in your province who will continuously support you in starting a cooperative. As a GCE Youth Ambassador, you are expected to mobilize young people around a cooperative start-up idea by planning and delivering 3 multiplier events with the support of your mentors. The first event is called ‘Let’s Cooperate!’ and it is intended to be the first stage of realizing your initial idea for a cooperative start-up by working with youth from your communities. As a second step, you are expected to organize a ‘Coopathon’ – a form of a hackathon to further develop the opportunities and strategic ideas created during the first event. The third step is to organize an event where interested young people set up the cooperative.
How to apply for a scholarship: