Meet the Lightup Impact 2023 Founder Committee

Our first community-led election has wrapped up! Together, we selected 8 new Founder Committee members from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania to help us make the most of this year’s Lightup Impact Days.   A big thank you to the 15 high-caliber candidates for taking the time to apply for the position and expressing a keen interest in being part of the decision-making committee. All candidates presented highly relevant and exceptional skills and experience, and a strong commitment to creating impact and social change. The Lightup Impact team would have been delighted to work closely with any of the candidates.   Additionally, we would like to thank the 51 Lightup Impact Community members who participated in the public voting. In this way, community members were central in choosing the candidates they wanted to represent their voices and wishes and those of the grassroots community at large throughout the planning, organization, and execution of the event. Previous slide Next slide Learn more about the election process and the complete list of candidates here.  The Founder Committee 2023 We are thrilled to announce that the first-ever Lightup Impact Days Founder Committee will be represented by: Kenya Uganda Rwanda Tanzania We look forward to collaborating with the Founder Committee to deliver a top-notch, engaging, and interactive Lightup Impact Days 2023.   The Lightup Impact team Learn more about Lightup Impact Days 2023

Elect the Lightup Impact Days 2023 Founder Committee!

We are thrilled to announce that voting for the Lightup Impact Days 2023 Founder Committee is now open. In a true community-driven approach, we are asking you to help shape our highly anticipated annual conference.   The Founder Committee will collaborate with our Lightup Impact team to plan and execute the conference taking place in September. Learn more about the committee here.   Thank you to everyone who showed interest in being part of the Founder Committee. We received 24 applications from our community members: 11 from Kenya, 3 from Rwanda, 4 from Uganda, and 3 from Tanzania. The candidates The Lightup Impact team rigorously reviewed all the applications and shortlisted the best candidates for public voting according to the following criteria:   Understanding of the committee member role Understanding of the goal of Lightup Impact Days Motivation to be part of the organizing committee Relevant skills (e.g. event management, communication, networking, and organizational) Alignment with Lightup Impact’s values The overall quality of the application   As you will notice, Kenya has the biggest number of candidates shortlisted. This is due to the generally larger representation of founders from Kenya in our Lightup Impact Community.   We are glad to propose the following candidates for public voting (please follow the links below to read their statements): Kenya Terry Boke: Hope Alive Initiative Salim Mazang’ang’a: Path Youth Organization Saraphina Ambale: Eagle Wings Oganisation Martinah Madeda: Youth Economic Social Empowerment (YESE) Amisa Rashid Ahmed: Nivishe Foundation Sarah Musau: Gifted Community Centre, GCC Mulweye Kevin Kibore: Kilimani Buda CBO Uganda Bernard Molho Bwambale: Usanii Village Africa Kaligirwa Bridget Kigambo: Girl Potential Care Center Elvis Kadhama: Essymart Africa Rwanda Denyse Mugabekazi: Grown to Help Noel Mushinzimana: Nursing Research Club Tanzania Muganyizi Melchior: Participatory Livelihood Improvement Ecology And Sanitation (PALES) Marcelina Biro: Kijana Jasiri-Resilience Organization (KJRO) Dixoni Emmanuel: Advancing Youth Opportunities Initiative (AYOI) How to vote Select your two favorite candidates per country and vote via this form   Please note: voting is open to Lightup Impact Community members only, and will close on Thursday, June 1st.   Thank you for being part of this process and supporting Lightup Impact Days 2023.   Best of luck to all the candidates! The Lightup Impact team Author: Valeria Santoro, Lightup Impact

Help Us Make the Most of this Year’s Lightup Impact Days

We have started planning our annual conference, Lightup Impact Days 2023, and are excited to invite founders of our member organizations to help us maximize the event’s impact.     Lightup Impact Days is a two-day conference that brings together members of the Lightup Impact Community and relevant stakeholders working with grassroots organizations in gender and health in East Africa. The event will take place in September and is geared toward knowledge sharing, networking, relationship building, and exploring collaborations. This year, we are once again meeting in person in Nairobi, Kenya.    At Lightup Impact, we strive to involve our founders in the decision-making surrounding the development of suitable solutions to community challenges.  So, it feels natural and necessary that we include their perspectives on key decisions for this year’s conference, such as the theme, format, speakers, agenda, moderators, and more!     Last year’s event was a huge success that we want to build on for this year. Read more about Lightup Impact Days 2022 here.  Key numbers from last year’s event About the founder committee The committee will consist of eight founders from our Lightup Impact member organizations to ensure our community is well represented and their voices and wishes are heard throughout the planning, execution, and wrap-up of the event. We are looking for two candidates each from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania to be involved from the day the candidates are selected until the post-event duties end.  Every year a new committee with different Lightup Impact Community members will be formed.  Roles and responsibilities of the committee At Lightup Impact, we highly value input from our members to co-create suitable solutions for our community. As part of the founder committee, you will have the exciting opportunity to represent your peers and work closely with the Lightup Impact team, particularly over the five months leading up to the event (starting in May 2023), but also throughout and following the event.  You will be expected to:   commit to a 1.5-hour online meeting every two weeks with the Lightup Impact team; take part in our community meetups and interact with the community (through community channels or online meetings); share perspectives unique to the community you represent; actively engage your networks and connections; moderate some of the event sessions; and  take up some ad-hoc roles (e.g. coordination of interactive sessions, registration desk, and/or others). What’s in it for you? Besides the unique opportunity to help us host an event tailored to your community’s interests and goals, you will:   have your event attendance sponsored, covering accommodation and transportation costs; have your contributions promoted on our website and social media channels; receive a certificate of your participation as a member of the committee; receive a branded Lightup Impact t-shirt; and have the opportunity to collaborate with other funders and the Lightup Impact team toward one of our biggest milestones for 2023! The application and selection process The application consists of a few personal and administrative questions, followed by a short written statement of your capabilities and motivation to be a part of planning Lightup Impact Days 2023.  Sixteen suitable candidates will be shortlisted based on their experience, expertise, and passion for the project; and the final eight committee members will be voted in by our Lightup Impact Community.    The deadline for submitting your application is 9 May 2023.  We look forward to reading your application!    Best of luck,  The Lightup Impact team   Join our founder committee! CLICK HERE Author: Valeria Santoro

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