Multi Dimensional Social Entrepreneur and Youth Educator/Development Expert, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji has been appointed a Judge of the USAID’s Young Women Transform Prize 2018.
According to the organizers, the Young Women Transform Prize is intended to stimulate and promote innovative approaches and new evidence, particularly from youth-led, youth-serving organizations, to barriers to young women’s economic empowerment in low-to-middle income countries.
To that end, the prize competition is aimed at empowering young women in developing countries to design solutions to advance the economic empowerment of young women in their communities.
The Young Women Transform Prize is put together by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with YouthPower Learning, the Volvo Group and Standard Chartered as part of a deep commitment to improving education and economic opportunities for youth, women, and girls around the world.
Standard Chartered will also be tapping into its volunteer network to offer grant recipients mentoring to build their financial and management capabilities.
Toyosi will work on a panel consisting of other international youth development experts, to review applications for the prize and pick deserving grassroots youth-led organizations who will win prizes ranging from $15,000 to $35,000.
A Creation Prize of up to $35,000 each will be awarded to winners to support the development and implementation of activities with the potential to broaden young women’s access to, and choice over, employment and economic security, with a focus on collecting and disseminating learning; and a Recognition Prize of $15,000 each will also be awarded to recognize innovative strategies that have improved young women’s economic opportunities, and collect and share learning from that innovation.
Both types of prizes will focus on collecting and sharing learning, and on capturing new evidence and approaches to improve young women’s economic opportunities.
Toyosi named by Forbes as one of the 20 most Powerful Young Women in Africa, has been described by Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States, as one of her personal inspirations. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including being recognized by Crans Montana Forum in Europe as a New Leader of Tomorrow, This Day Awards for Nigeria’s Women of Distinction, The Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards jointly organized by Leap Africa, International Youth Foundation and NOKIA.
As well as being named by Forbes Magazine & AFK Insider as Top 20 youngest Power Women in Africa, Toyosi was a Jury Member of the Get Started Africa Entrepreneurship Challenge initiated by NESCAFÉ to empower Youth across the Continent in 2015. She is a Member and a Mentor of the African Entrepreneurship Awards & a Mentor on the Bank of Africa’s Africa Entrepreneurship Awards and was a mentor for the 2015 Africa Entrepreneurship Awards initiated by the Bank of Africa.
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