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

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