Insights from Lightup Impact's First Community Meetup in 2024

Insights from our First Community Meetup 2024

In our first Community Meetup for the year, we discussed several important topics that will shape our community’s activities and expectations for the upcoming year. 


Here’s a summary of what was discussed:

Joining our community

Our community welcomes grassroots organizations working with gender, health, and education. To be eligible, your organization should be 3-5 years old and have an annual budget of less than $20,000. 


Join in 3 easy steps: 


Step 1: Read more about joining our community here, and express your interest by clicking on the “submit your application” button. Please note that applications are only open twice a year:


  • 1-31 May 2024 
  • 4 October – 4 November 2024


Step 2: Our team will review your application and reach a decision or contact you if any additional information is required to reach a decision.


Step 3: Attend an onboarding session to learn more about Ligthup Impact, our community, and how we can work together successfully.

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Community Meetups

Our Community Meetups are private events that usually involve a catch-up session and are paired with an expert seminar. They provide an excellent opportunity for members to connect, share experiences, and learn from experts in the field. 


A recent highlight was Bridget’s seminar, a transformative experience that provided valuable insights on setting and achieving goals. Her unique approach offers practical strategies for personal and professional growth in 2024.

Lightup Impact Founder Advisory Board

Please note that there won’t be a Community Meetup in February, but we look forward to reconnecting with you all on 27 March, when we will introduce you to the newly elected Founder Advisory Board members.


Join us for an engaging session where you’ll have the opportunity to:


  • Get to know the FAB members personally
  • Understand their vision for the community
  • Share your expectations and aspirations
  • Participate in interactive discussions
  • Shape the future together

Shift the power

Join us in May for our online “Shift the Power” event. This event is designed to inspire and empower individuals to make a difference in their communities. It’s an opportunity to learn from thought leaders, engage in meaningful discussions, and explore innovative ways to address societal challenges.


Whether you’re a seasoned activist or just starting your journey to shiting the power, this event will provide you with the tools and insights you need to effect positive change.


Stay tuned for more details on the event schedule and guest speakers. We look forward to seeing you there!

Annual conference

Our highly anticipated annual conference is scheduled for the early weeks of October. It’s a fantastic opportunity to network, learn, and collaborate with fellow community members.


More details will follow as we finalize the theme and agenda. Not sure if you should attend? Explore our conference report from last year to get a general idea of what to expect.

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16 Days of Activism

Mark your calendars! Between 25 November and 10 December, we’ll be participating in the 16 Days of Activism campaign. This global campaign aims to raise awareness about gender-based violence and advocate for change. Stay tuned for more details.

Impact badge

Wondering how to stand out within our community? Earn an Impact Badge by actively participating in community initiatives, volunteering, and making a difference. The Lightup Impact badge is a testament to your organization’s commitment to making a positive impact in the Gender Health and Education sector. It recognizes your efforts and enhances your visibility within our community and beyond. 


Applications for the Lightup Impact Badge will open in November. Be sure to visit our Impact Badge page for more details.

Skills Development

Our Skills Development and Innovation for Impact Program is a collaborative initiative that supports community-based organizations and nonprofits in East Africa by building their skills and capacity, which are essential for their long-term success. 


The program is designed to provide customized training, mentoring, and networking opportunities for our selected members based on their specific needs and goals.


The program will run from February to December and consist of:


  • 9 online training modules,
  • 2 on-site training sessions in Kenya and Uganda,
  • 2 exchange visits for the organizations to share knowledge and receive peer-to-peer support,
  • weekly coaching sessions, and finally,
  • a graduation ceremony in Eldoret.


The program has kicked off, with the first session on aligning work plans, budgets, and annual goals already delivered. 


We invite you to embark on this learning journey with us. We’ll be making each module of the program available to the public on our Knowledge Hub.


Coming up next is “Theory of Change”.

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We look forward to an impactful year ahead! 

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Stay engaged, stay informed. 


The Lightup Impact Team

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