Apply to the YPLS! (Young Political Leadership School, Semester VI)

Program Overview

Naymote Partners for Democratic Development, Liberia’s prime democratic advancement institution with support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is now accepting applications from young Africans (college graduates), aged 18-35 years for its prestigious flagship program, the Young Political Leadership School, Semester VI to be held in Monrovia, Liberia from October 14-18, 2019. 75 outstanding young leaders who are passionate about political and economic governance will be selected for the semester.

The program is designed to empower young people to become politically active young leaders, community organizers, academicians, researchers, media professionals, leaders of CSOs, and influential young people (advocate, activists etc.).

The Young Political Leadership School, established since April 2016, seeks to foster the emergence of new breed of competent (both at individual/character and organizational levels), patriotic, and democratic leaders through value-based leadership development training, advancing the cultures of good public service, volunteerism, and promoting democratic practices. It is a robust youth led initiative that empowers young people to contribute to Africa’s growing democratic governance through practical skills development in political leadership, civic engagement, participatory decision making and entrepreneurship. The initiative seeks to address four thematic themes, which includes: Governance, Empowerment, Gender Equality (Inclusion) and Leadership.

The program provides a three (3) months learning journey that allows youth to make meaningful contribution towards changing the political narrative of their countries through our constant nurturing and support process. YPLS, cross boundaries and break political barriers that affect young people’s political participation and help them claim their economic, political, social and leadership rights. Four hundred and thirty (430) young people completed five (5) semesters and are playing active roles in the political processes of their countries. This is an opportunity for you to be the positive change maker you have       desired.

The process is highly competitive; young females are encouraged to apply. We will not discriminate against applicants based on race, color, ethnic backgrounds, religion or disability. The deadline for the submission of applications is June 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (GMT).

Eligibility Criteria

To be selected, applicant must meet the following criteria.

  1. Applicant must be a young college graduate, aged 18- 35 years.
  2. Applicant must be resident of an Anglophone West African Country only
  3. Applicant must demonstrate a high level of interest in politics, leadership and the program.
  4. Applicant must be committed to the highest level of servant leadership and community services/volunteerism.
  5. Applicant must demonstrate commitment to learning and the transfer of skills, and
  6. Applicant must have the ability to communicate clearly, be proficient in reading and writing English.

Only selected applicants shall be notified. Notifications will be sent weeks after the Deadline.


Program Components/ Structure:

The YPLS training blends theory (30%) with practice (70%) and considers participation and sharing experiences as key elements in its approach.  Our facilitation based curriculum will enable fellows to  engage in  stimulation exercises, group discussions, field trip, peer-peer learning and  lecture series that provides participants hands-on learning. As part of the package of the YPLS, Semester VI, fellows will transfer knowledge gained from the training back to their countries and communities. 10 weeks intensive civic engagement activities will be conducted by fellows. Mentorship for YPLS fellows will begin following the weeklong intensive classroom engagement. The mentorship will serve as a means of engaging fellows; improving networking, maintaining a close working relationship with fellows. The institution will also follow-up on the fellows as they progress within their political sojourn.


  • Fellows will enjoy ongoing support, mentorship and coaching throughout the program.
  • Fellows will gain experience, new skills and build networks that will be useful in their professional growth.
  • Fellows will be connected to national and International professional networks to strengthen information sharing, networking and capacity building.
  • Fellows will receive end of program certificate, branded t-shirts, bags and other training materials.
  • Feeding and ground transportation within Monrovia will be covered by the organizers (International delegates will undertake the cost of travelling to and from Monrovia, Liberia and Accommodation). The organizers will cover daily meal for all participants.

Submission of Application

Interested individuals can apply by sending their application package (motivational letter, current resume, brief profile, one passport size photo, two letters of recommendation and academic credentials to cc:

Letter of motivation 1000 WORDS should answer the following questions: ‘why I should be considered for the young political leadership school, semester VI? and why I am  passionate about political and economic governance? You could also submit your application through the YPLS online form Visit our Liberia Decides /NAYMOTE-Liberia Facebook pages for more updates about the program.

Those residing in hard-to-reach counties in Liberia, please contact the following numbers for assistance to submit your application 0886908077/0776476498/ 0776793356/ 0777604909 . Note: Deadline for APPLICATION: June 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM (GMT).

The organizers strongly recommends completing your application well in advance before the application deadline. We will not accept late applications, even in the event of technical problems.


About the Organizer:

NAYMOTE was established in 2001 by university student leaders and youth activists, to strengthen and promote positive youth and community engagements in support of democratic governance and sustainable development in Liberia.  The institution is a good governance and research institution working to promote democracy, transparency, peace building and participatory governance in Liberia.



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