The objective of the Wangari Maathai Fellowship is to inspire courage and confidence in youth who are change agents in their communities.
The future of Kenya depends on the quality of her leaders. Despite the fact that youth are not as malleable as they were as children, it is nevertheless a great opportunity to inspire their sense of purpose and integrity. The WMF recognizes that because young people will play a profound role in shaping the nation’s future, equipping them with life skills is necessary and critical to remedying the youth apathy, courage deficit, and the perceived legitimacy of corruption exposed by the East African Institute’s Youth Survey.
The Wangari Maathai Fellowship will be experiential and focus on the 8 core values of the Hummingbird Leadership Program. Each value will be incorporated into age-appropriate life-skills lessons to be delivered during the first part of the fellowship. The WMF will work with leading resource people to impart life skills in a fun and experiential way.
The Wangari Maathai Fellowship will run for 12 months (1 year) with two residency periods of two weeks each. The first residency will occur in January 2019 during which time the fellows will focus on the 8 core values. At the end of the two weeks, each fellow will identify a challenge, in themselves, that they will address that pertains to the 8 values. They will spend the time between interactions working on their challenge. The final two weeks will include an exchange visit to another African City to learn and experience different possibilities. Kigali (Rwanda) will be the first exchange city, in partnership with a local University.