CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2015 INTERNATIONAL FORUM FOR YOUNG LEADERS

*The next generation of human rights professionals will be required to respond to increasingly complex and systemic global challenges through innovation and ingenuity. **Our mission is to foster a network of young leaders who aim to develop accessible solutions to these challenges and advance human rights and access to justice through ethical engagement.*The International forum for Young Leaders brings together individuals under 30 years of age who have demonstrated their passion for  mplementing innovative, entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, and offering them an opportunity to interact and benefit from each other’s experiences. It does this by:*Selecting* ambitious, persistent young leaders from across the
world with the potential to act as change agents in their field, sector, or geographic region;

  • Spreading* their ideas about how to tackle major human rights and access to justice challenges and effect wide-scale change; and
  • Supporting* an extensive network of former Young Leaders, named McGill Echenberg Fellows, to realize the practical implementation of their

vision.

Participants hail from a range of backgrounds, including NGOs, politics, government, academia, the private sector, and the media.

Young Leaders participate in a series of skill-developing sessions, workshops, roundtable discussions, and cultural events aimed at engaging with the spectrum of issues that affect human rights outcomes, in addition to keynotes, panels and debates featuring prominent international humanrights voices.

The Forum is at the core of the Fourth Echenberg Family Conference on Human Rights, which will be held at McGill University in *Montreal* from *October 11-17, 2015*, and is organized by the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. Held in conjunction with the Young Leaders Forum, the Conference will explore the theme of “Human Rights and Leadership” and will focus on individuals and groups who have set themselves apart in their promotion of human rights and access to justice through innovation, entrepreneurship, collaboration and creativity.

McGILL ECHENBERG FELLOWS

At the conclusion of the Conference, participants of the Young Leaders Forum are named McGill Echenberg Fellows. The Fellows remain active in a vibrant community of human rights professionals, supported by a Secretariat at the Centre. The program offers the opportunity to interact and collaborate with members of an exceptional community of committed advocates, 20 to 25 of whom will be joining us for the 2015 Forum.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to apply, you must:

•       Be under 30 years of age as of July 31, 2015;

•       Hold a university degree in any field*;

•       Possess high oral proficiency in English; and

•       Have shown *leadership, innovation, creativity, and/or entrepreneurship *in your area of focus.

The Conference will select 25 Young Leaders for the Forum on the basis of their track record of leadership, commitment, and impact in their respective fields. Previous Fellows have shown leadership and entrepreneurship through pursuits such as serving as members of advisory boards, founding or supporting non-profits, development initiatives, or
social enterprises.

For those selected, the Conference will cover all costs, including travel expenses to and from Montreal, accommodation, meals, and visa expenses.

The Conference has made exceptions to this eligibility criterion under exceptional circumstances where applicants have  emonstrated a particularly strong fit for the Young Leaders Forum.*

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit your completed *application form*, a photocopy of an official ID confirming your age, two letters of recommendation, and proof of university graduation to *youngleaders.law@mcgill.ca <youngleaders.law@mcgill.ca>* by *October 31, 2014*. Please use “*Application – International Young Leaders Forum 2015*” as the subject of your email.

Your recommendation letters should be written by individuals who know you in an academic or professional capacity and can provide a detailed assessment of your potential to contribute to the Forum.

Only complete applications will be reviewed and only qualified candidates will be contacted. Due to the high volume of correspondence we receive, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries about the application process.

*The International Forum for Young Leaders actively seeks a diverse
applicant pool.*

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About Graduate Farmers

TGFA is a civil society organization whose membership base constitute highly learned, capable, experienced and aspirants of becoming commercial farmers in Tanzania. Membership also comprises agricultural consultants (researchers) and retired people from the civil service sectors who deal with agriculture and agriculture marketing in general. The major aim of TGFA is to develop, promote, and influence structured business and initiatives that encourages and motivate youth especially graduates to tap in profitable agriculture value chains in both rural and urban areas in Tanzania with defined rules and regulations. TGFA also aimed at bringing dialogues for advocating improvement of the policy and enabling business environment in the country economy, strengthen information dissemination, technology and innovation, agribusiness development skills, business linkages and reduce constraints along the sector value chain. The word ‘graduate’, as it appears on the title, does not strictly mean that one has to have university degree, rather a catch word that connotes a paradigm shift in thinking, especially in the developing countries, that farming is largely for the unprivileged, most less educated and poor people in rural areas towards a new thinking that farming can only be meaningful and actual backbone of the economy if and only if the highly learned, capable (in terms of finances and other resources) and inspired individuals in urban areas embark into it even as part-timers.
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