Africa Youth Empowerment Network (AYEN) is a continental youth development initiative that works with youth volunteers in all 54 countries’ national youth associations across the African Union,

Interme President : Ayele Addis Ambelu : email; Africaunionemdia@gmail,com ;

Africa Youth Empowerment Network promotes volunteering to deepen the status of young people in Africa as critical participants in delivering Africa’s human development targets and goals. It brings people together to share skills, knowledge, creativity, and learning to build a more integrated Continent and, by implication, strengthen Africa’s relevance in the globalized world.

The concept aligns with the African Youth Emporement Network initiative established by the Decision of A.U… Head of States and Governments in assembly/A.U…/Dec.274 (XVI) January 2010, to set up a continental Volunteer initiative.

African Youth Empowerment Network was officially launched in 2017 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. AYEN seeks to offer young Africans opportunities for development through various capacity-building initiatives and further intends to encourage their active involvement in African socio-economic development processes.

    AYEN represents a community of young Africans from across the globe who are passionate about realizing the growth and development of the continent through empowering Youth, which means a significant proportion of the entire African population. In addition, AYEN collaborates with youth-led and youth-oriented organizations for experience sharing and knowledge exchange and brings impact to its cause.

Our Vision

    To see thriving and united Africa through all-directional involvement and contribution of empowered Youth by 2030.

Our Mission

    To enhance the potential of young African people through different capacity development and entrepreneurship support programs to enable increased participation in science and technology, research and innovation, governance, leadership, and policy processes. 

Objectives of the AYEN

  • Engage Africa’s Youth in the Continent’s development through meaningful youth participation by providing Service for their Continent;
  • Provide opportunities to Young Africans to serve and gain crucial professional experience, soft skills, social competence, international exposure, and leadership skills;
  • Promote shared values and Pan-Africanism among the upcoming generation.

The Power of Service
Assisting development: Imagine a young woman or man volunteering in a community applying her/his skills and knowledge (teaching mathematics and English in a rural high school or assisting in a local health center) for one year has delivered an average of 2,160 hours of service to the community. It is, therefore, needless to say, that an army of youth volunteers can create an impact within a foreseeable time.

AUYEN seeks to replicate this momentum in a civilian setting, whereby African Youth can be deployed again to assist development and attain the common destiny of a prosperous and peaceful continent.

Empowering Youth: Volunteerism is not an easy task and demands the qualities of a leader to attain one mission in a foreign country. AU-YVC devotes itself to producing a generation of African leaders who are willing to serve their Continent and its people, are knowledgeable of African dynamics, and are courageous enough to take charge and challenge themselves on a daring adventure of building themselves and their Continent through service.

Promoting Pan-Africanism: Upon the independence of African States, our heroic leaders, including Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Jomo Kenyatta, Patrice Lumumba, Haile Selassie I, and Nelson Mandela, among others, had one common dream for the Continent – A Strong and United Africa! Volunteers traveling to a local community in a country outside of their own would not only be volunteering their service but also be able to learn and exchange from their host country. This would create a life-changing experience and perception returned volunteers would have about other African countries and their Continent.

Areas of Focus

On the field, AUYEN Volunteers would serve primarily in the following fields:
African Unity
Combating Climate Change
Promoting Media literacy
Health and HIV/ AIDS
Promoting Peace
Information and Communications Technology
Business and Youth Entrepreneurship

Typical Environment of Service
AUYEN volunteers are deployed strictly in non-profit settings where their impact and contributions can fill the gap for a much-needed skilled workforce. This would typically be:
Rural Community Schools
Hospitals and Health Centers
Post Conflict Setting
International Organizations
Government Offices/ Ministries
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