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The Kectil Program: Developing Countries Youth Leadership

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted November 16, 2016 from Brazil
Expired on November 30, 2016

The Kectil Program is open for applications and invites highly talented youth in developing countries who have the potential to make a positive difference in their communities and countries.

Program Principles

KECTIL that refers to the Knowles Educational and Charitable Trust for International Leadership, is based on the following principles: ◾Creating an authentic, collaborative network of high potential youth from developing and least developed countries can break down prejudices, lead to cultural, religious and gender understanding and give youth the comfort that they are more than just themselves– they are part of a mutual youth-based support system with the goal to make a positive difference in their lives, their Colleagues’ lives and the lives of those in their communities. ◾Identifying, embracing and mentoring high potential youth (17-24) from developing and least developed countries can have a dramatic effect on the youths’ dreams, service to others and life accomplishments.

◾Nothing comes easy and there is “no free lunch.” The results will not be achieved without hard work, dedication and an open mindedness to cultural understanding and compassion.

Program Categories

Kectil comprises of the following program categories:

1. Web-Based Mentoring Program: Monthly Kectil Talks with Leaders in Science, Business, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Public Service

2.Assignments & Sharing: Connect with other students on social media (Facebook & Twitter) with facilitated web-based group discussions

3.Youth Leadership Conference: Intensive Leadership Training, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop, Meetings with Successful Leaders, and Creation of Network of Youth Peers in Developing Countries

4.Alumni Web-Portal: Maintenance of Network of Youth Peers in Developing Countries, Interaction with New Youth Participants, Availability of Mentorship from Program

Program Benefits

◾The Kectil Program will select fifteen of the most active participants in the Web-based Program to be given a special award.

◾The participants will have attended all of the Sessions and completed the online pre and post assignments.

◾First, the selectees will be given a personal introduction to a leadership mentor in a developed country in the participant’s general area of interest.

◾Second, the name of each selectee will also highlight on the Kectil Website as an honor for their leading participation.

Eligibility Criteria

Participants must be talented youth leaders based in eligible developing countries.

How to Apply

Participants must apply online via given website.

Deadline: 30 November 2016.

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