Generation Unlimited Sierra Leone Calls for Nomination of Youth Leaders in Sierra Leone

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Help us identify a young leader, activist, and changemaker between the age of 14-29 in your community that is impacting the lives of those around them to join Generation Unlimited global governance structures to represent the voices of young people in Sierra Leone. 

“If the largest generation of young people in history is prepared for the transition to work, the potential for global progress is unlimited!”

Young people today face many economic, social, and cultural challenges that prohibit them from living full and active lives. In Sierra Leone, young people constitute approximately 42% of the total population – 60% of the youth in the country are unemployed and living in extreme poverty. The types of skills needed in the labor market are changing and require new, transformative, and inclusive approaches. Moreover, technological changes are making many jobs vulnerable to automation. A large portion of job creation is driven by entrepreneurs and small businesses, while education systems are outdated and fragmented. These challenges are more acute for youth in disadvantaged communities and those who lack opportunities because of their gender, race, sexuality, disability, or ethnic background.

In an effort to address these challenges and bring young people to the center of decision-making processes Generation Unlimited prioritizes young people as partners in the development agenda. Generation Unlimited (GenU) is a global multi-sector partnership convened by the UN Secretary-General at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in September 2018. 

Nomination has been closed !!

Criteria to consider when nominating young candidates

  • Ages 14-29
  • Represent leadership in large youth-led organizations or extensive networks of young people.
  • Proven interest, direct engagement and knowledge in at least one or more of the following areas: Education and Skills; Employment; Entrepreneurship; Youth Advocacy and Empowerment, Green Entrepreneurship and Climate Change.
  • Ability to represent a broad range of viewpoints that reflect the diversity of their communities, including of the most marginalized young men and young women.

GenU contributes to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and aims to
  •  Modernize secondary education and training to build the skills young people need for productive lives and work. 
  •  Increase and improve the number of quality work opportunities available to youth. 
  •  Foster entrepreneurship as a mindset and a livelihood for young people. 
  • Collaborate with youth as problem-solvers and engaged citizens to help create the world they want. 

It’s in the world’s best interests, especially in developing markets, to invest in young people so productivity rises, standards of living improve and human capital investments grow. Preparing young people for the world of work will benefit regional economies, increase security, advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and improve the well-being of millions of families and communities.

GenU’s focus is on four strategic priorities:​
  1. Connect every school and learner to the internet​
  2. Scale-up online/remote learning, skilling, and livelihood platforms ​
  3. Boost entrepreneurial skills and opportunities​
  4. Engage youth as changemakers​

Despite the challenges that exist – or perhaps because of them! – leaders around the world are responding positively to GenU’s mission and asking how they can help. Politicians, CEOs, foundation heads, and civic leaders are recognizing that forging innovative collaborations with young people at the center is the best way forward.

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2021-06-30 to


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