International Christian Youthworks Africa is a network of organisations, groups, individuals who are committed to raising a generation of transformative young leaders of integrity.
ICY has been operating in Africa since 2004 and we are currently working in over ten countries in East Africa.
We offer mentorship and leadership training to young leaders in Africa. Since 2009 ICY has worked in partnership collaboratively with various high schools, colleges, universities, groups, Churches, organisations and local governments to complement their own training and mentoring programs. Participants who complete the programme, graduate with a Diploma in Missional Leadership. The course is contextualised for African culture and society to develop leaders who can effectively influence African society.
The training has enabled some individuals to go onto higher education and some to find work, e.g. with N.G.O.s, Many of the ICY graduates go on to be trainers themselves. We partner with Springdale Foundation in the UK which validates the course; graduates gain a certificate that equates to an access course for the first year study of a Bachelor’s program. No charge is made for the course, it is therefore great value considering that Education in Africa is a luxury that many of the young people cannot afford.
We are seeing continued growth with the number of students graduating:
Each participant takes part in service, experience based and contextualised learning: developing their own projects to impact positively their local communities. Graduates are encouraged to continue with us to be trained to train others.
Entrepreneurship and community engagement projects have been a natural development following on from the course, and we are increasingly working in partnership with others to see these develop.