YES-Ghana participated in the 2018 YouthActionNet Institute Retreat in Washington DC at the Hilton Headquarters organized by the International Youth Foundation from October 8-12, 2018. The 2018 YouthActionNet Institute Retreat brought together a range of actors representing YouthActionNet programs and partner institutions to explore the contributions that the global network can make to the youth social entrepreneurship sector. The objectives of the retreat were to strengthen the collective contribution to the youth social entrepreneurship sector and to exchange lessons learned, best practices, and innovations to enhance network impact.
Representing YES-Ghana was Mr. Eric Saforo, the Training and Capacity Manager and the Project Manager in charge of the Youth Leadership for Social Change project funded by Ford Foundation. The project is being implemented at the University of Cape Coast and the University for Development Studies. Mr. Saforo shared experiences and lessons from the implementation of the project which is expanding to another university, the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region.
This year’s network retreat focused on 4 strategic opportunities: data, communications, university engagement, and alumni support. This focus drew on the work at last year’s retreat in Madrid, as well as lessons learnt over the last number of years of collective work as a network. At the retreat the participants explored best practices, share innovations, and plans for network engagement. The Institute Retreat was held in parallel with the 2018 Laureate Global Fellows training, which allowed for interaction between both sets of participants, and cross-fertilization of ideas and experiences. The retreat and the Fellows training culminated in a public conference at Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact+ Innovation to spotlight the unique role of today’s youth in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.
According to the Project Manager, “Being a part of such a network offers a pool of resources and technical support for the improvement of local programs. The retreat provided me an opportunity to reflect on the #YL4SC project. We will use the learning from the shared best practices and lessons learnt from similar projects across the world to improve the project we are implementing in the various universities”.