Africa Youth Leadership Forum
…nurturing a new breed of leaders in Africa.
We are a collaborative initiative that brings together University Student leaders, students, and young professionals across the country from both public and private Universities, for mentorship, training, networking and capacity building. AYLF was formed in 2007. It is now present in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, DR Congo, and South Sudan.
In Kenya, AYLF is registered as a Trust.
Our aim is to be a movement of friends to nurture a new breed of African leaders, based on the leadership qualities, values, and principles of Jesus of Nazareth as exemplified by some of the history’s greatest statesmen and women. We seek to appeal to the human spirit to rise up and embrace values that enhance a high quality of life to the least of these. Our goal is that Young Leaders embody the values and principles of Jesus in East and Central Africa.
At the heart of AYLF is the dream that emerging African Leaders would know how to speak the truth without being sectarian or religiously divisive, see people without labels or stereotypes, loving each other and those they lead while serving with integrity.
- The work is done simply in the name of Jesus under the auspices of a national leadership drawn from business, industry, politics, academia, and religion. It’s not done under the name of any particular organisation or religious group.
- The work relates to all people regardless of their religious affiliation – Christian, Muslim, Hindus, and others.
- The work is anchored in the Values, Principles, Precepts and the Person of Jesus.
- The work flows out of, and is based on, long-term committed relationships among those involved
Aims and Objectives:
- To foster reconciliation, friendship, and unity among young African leaders across all the existing racial, religious and tribal divides.
- To engage in activities that will foster the socio-political and economic development of Africa.
- To facilitate learning and sharing on common interests such as honing leadership skills, public speaking, debate, mobilizing people and resources, and influencing public policy.
- To promote and support a servant leadership model for African leaders.
- To further the principles and emulate the leadership qualities of Jesus.
- To provide opportunities where young leaders can be mentored by current leaders from politics, industry, business, religion, academia and other professions as well as by senior leaders who have left active public service.
- To highlight and emulate successful African and world leaders who have championed unity and reconciliation.
Affiliation to National Prayer Breakfast Movement
The purpose of the Breakfast is to give our nations that spiritual strength which is available to those who will but ask for it; to renew and strengthen those bonds of brotherhood with faithfuls across our continent and around the world; and to give us the opportunity to ask God’s guidance as well as express our gratitude for that which He has given us.
People of all nations, creeds and political views recognize Jesus’s transcendent universal message to a divided world. Central to His message is reconciliation through transformed hearts and minds.
AYLF operates under the auspices of national leaders who are part of this National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast network. Today in many nations Prayer Breakfast Fellowship groups composed of people in leadership and at all levels of society are gathering regularly to pray for the world, their nations and each other in the Spirit of Jesus of Nazareth.
“Trust is the natural result of thousands of tiny actions, words, thoughts and intentions. It doesn’t happen by accident, nor does it happen all at once. Gaining trust is work. Knowing that you need it isn’t enough. You and I have to do the little things on a daily basis to earn it.”
~ David Horsager, from “The Trust Edge”