Aug 22, 2019

Welcoming Katie and Solomon to the YLC!

GFC is happy to announce that two amazing young leaders Katie and Solomon joined the Youth Leadership Council! We appreciate their interest and commitment in shaping up more participatory processes for GFC. On our way to improve understanding about youth engagement and issues affecting young people, as well as to practice a more inclusive decision-making process, we believe that Solomon and Katie are true assets and tons of inspiration.

Get to know them below.

Katie Fuhs

As the Operations and Programs Coordinator at Accountability Lab, Katie helps to build a new generation of active citizens and responsible leaders around the world by supporting young change-makers to develop and implement positive ideas for integrity in their communities. Prior to her current position, Katie facilitated the participation of international security leaders and experts from democracies around the world at the 2018 Halifax International Security Forum. Before the Forum, she worked on behalf of Global Development Incubator on the development and expansion of a West African capacity-building and youth leadership program, Emerging Public Leaders. Katie graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College, where she studied government and cultural anthropology, was a War and Peace Fellow, and played Division 1 soccer and rugby. At university, Katie also organized and led Cully’s 5k Run, raising $10,000 for the local suicide and emergency hotline.


Solomon Tawanda Ndondo

Solomon Ndondo is a 25-year-old man from Zimbabwe and is Founder and Executive Director of the Africa Rise Foundation, where he is responsible for strategic decision-making. Solomon is currently completing the final year for his BSc Honours degree in Human Resources Management at Great Zimbabwe University. Alongside his studies, he is an active volunteer, a peer educator and counselor, an advocate for human rights, and an alumnus of YALI RLC (Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Learning Centre South Africa). He is passionate about Sustainable Development Goals and the equality of humankind. In addition to the above-mentioned roles, Solomon Ndondo is an Independent Sales Dealer at Awesim Telecoms Private Limited. He is also a small-scale farmer and was a delegate to the Second African Youth SDGs Summit in Ghana Accra 2018.

*Received permission from the YLC members mentioned above. 

May 14, 2019

Engaging new council members

Earlier this spring, GFC hosted an event introducing our Youth Leadership Council to around 30 young individuals interested in getting involved and learning more.

Committed to raising the voices of young people around the world, we were happy to talk about the opportunities to expand the Council involving new amazing members representing new geographic remits and other diversities.

The Chair of Youth Leadership Council, Mete spoke about how the Youth Leadership Council was created and how its members envision the role of the Council as an advisory body informing GFC’s strategy and helping GFC adopt a more youth-centered approach. During the first half of the meeting young people, who joined the event in DC and online, had the chance to ask insightful questions to find out more about the Council and what it means to be involved.

"What I envision for the Youth Leadership Council is a network of young, inspiring people from across the world – who are making changes to the world on a daily basis. Youth coming together around this shared ambition of the goals and values set by Global Fund for Children," explained Mete.

The second half of the event invited participants to share their thoughts and ideas to the Council. One of the main suggestions, to have clearly defined criteria and recruitment process in place for potential members, was driven by an increased interest to join the Council.

Going forward with the process of engaging new partners, the Council members are leading internal conversations on officially defining the role and purpose of the Youth Leadership Council, as well as the criteria for the new members.

It is our hope that the call for applications to join the Council will be open in mid-June – please get in touch to know more if you are interested in joining.

We welcomed guests in person, and online
We welcomed guests in person, and online
Feb 13, 2019

GFC Host's Youth Leadership Council Webinar

Our webinar in action!
Our webinar in action!

On February 12th, GFC hosted a webinar introducing our founding members of the new youth leadership council. Antonina, Mete, Nasra and Sasha all shared their views on a range of subjects from the importance in investing in children and youth to the vital role funders like GFC make to their organisations.

Over 30 GFC supporters tuned in for the webinar and posted some brilliant questions for our four members. Ranging from balancing youth leadership whilst gaining wisdom and experience from older generations, to how the youth leadership council is going to work within GFC going forward to volunteering to join the council!

During the webinar, council member and activist Nasra spoke about how, no matter how many times young people are pushed back, they come back - bigger and stronger than ever. "As a young person, you have to find that inner strength - I think that's why we push all the time - we have to be strong in these kind of situations where people are always trying to silence you," she added.

Our audience engaged fully in the presentation and offered some words of wisdom throughout, which was gratefully received by us all here at GFC.

Reflecting on how the webinar went, Mete shared: "Yesterday's call reaffirmed why I joined the GFC youth leadership council, which was to connect with social innovators from across the globe, passionate about making changes to their own communities."

Sasha was also very happy after the call: "I was super pumped after the session yesterday because it gave me a chance to both remind myself why I decided to join the council, as well as learn a little bit more about my colleagues. I can't wait to start working with a bunch of extremely talented and experienced individuals. I feel like I'm learning so much for my own development, and the future."

We will be sharing a recording of the webinar in due course - please get in touch with GFC should you wish to get a copy. We would also love to hear from young people if you are interested in joining our council.  

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