Growing Young Leaders

Growing Young Leaders : Create your own wave, do not wait to surfboard on someone else's

Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Someone I look up to said "Do you want to create your own wave or surfboard on someone else's?" Growing Young Leaders program is aimed at bridging the unemployment gap in Tanzania by training employability in the 60% + graduates who are unemployed. 

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if the Tanzanian youth improved their emplpyability?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The hight levels of unemployed graduates. Too many talented and educated individuals are failing to obtain jobs and/or create self employment. Universities in Tanzania equip young adults with information and knowledge to work in various fields. Nevertheless, not all candidates are fortunate enough to receive the training and empowerment required to obtain their dream jobs.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The solution is to create programs which compliment the existing education system. Provide necessary training to individuals and offer them a network base from which they can interact with potential employees and/or business partners.


Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The program will involve setting up of a curriculum and outlining of a learning curve for prospective candidates, recruitment of candidates (starting with a small number of about 20 candidates) who meet a set criteria, recruitment of experts from established institutions with expertise in academia, human resources and entrepreneurship, induction sessions, the program launch and measurement of key performance indicators.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

The impact will be measured mostly quantitatively, but also qualitatively. Data will be collected throughout the program and based on a set of KPI's (key performance indicators) and projects objectives such as increasing the number of employed graduates and new startup business. Once progress is made recruitment of candidates will increase and business will be expanded through partnerships.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The project will begin in one city and based on progress, expand to other cities. Once the impact is notable throughout the nation in a few years, then the project will seek further partnerships and expansion in neighboring countries such as Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and so forth.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Initial funding will be based on a personal investment. Once the project accomplishes a few targets then the idea will be presented and open to other potential investors.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

One of the major succeeding companies which is running a similar program in Tanzania is Maanisha Limited. There are other organizations also investing in education, such as the Bonnah education trust foundation and the Hassan Maajar foundation, however, they focus more on primary and secondary school investments.

Founding Story

I had an opportunity to interview a few candidates for a job opportunity at my previous job and was shocked by how long some of them were looking for employment, how knowledgeable some were and how much confidence some lacked. I knew that it was my obligation to make the situation change.


The team will be made up of experts in various fields such as human resource, entrepreneurship, academia, corporate social responsibility, marketing and motivational speakers.
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

Changemaker website

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Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

I am currently working with children in tutoring and mentoring.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

I have a great support system and mentors in different fields related to the nature of my projects such as Human Resource, Corporate Social Responsibility etc.