DEADLINE: August 2nd, 2018

Africa is renowned for its rich heritage, youthful population and boundless resources, despite which the continent still faces a myriad of challenges which currently impedes its development. In the past few decades, Africa has struggled with translating its rich natural resources, and the inherent spirit of creativity and innovation of its young people into economic advancement. Even though the governance structures at national and continental levels have intensified the focus on creating policy environments to accelerate development, a key component for Africa’s self-actualization remains largely ignored.

The mindset of people can either unlock the door to development, or conversely, shut off progress. A secure, confident and sound mindset could be the difference between Africa’s current reality and achieving our potential. As demonstrated by the 2018 African Union’s theme, Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path for Africa’s Transformation, the fight against corruption requires the urgent task of transforming our minds. To win the fight and set Africa on the path to sustainable development, beyond an enabling policy environment, individual ideas and habits must align with the development agenda envisioned by the AU’s Agenda 2063. This is a foundational and crucial step towards achieving the Africa We Want.

The 2018 Young African Think’rs Convention (YATC) will focus on these issues – understanding and owning the mentalities, lifestyles and daily cultures in the continent. By taking an intentional and critical look into the reality, the convention strives to identify the key steps towards transforming individual mindsets to align with our aspirations for development. This will touch upon the areas of identity, worldview and using the creative industry as an influencer.

YATC 2018

AUGUST 15 – 18, 2018

The target participants in YATC 2018 are the culture shapers – essentially the creatives who have the power to rebrand perspectives through their artistic mediums (music, photography, design, writing, film, drama, poetry, blog…). At YATC 2018, the aim is to transform the minds of the influencers, empower them to start projects that incorporate specific messages so they will in turn influence the minds and thought patterns of their communities upon their return. The convention will feature sessions with mind-transformation experts and media professionals.


If you’d like to be part of YATC 2018, please review the ideal candidate description below, and fill in the form accordingly.

Ideal Candidate for YATC 2018:

  • Priority will be given to people in the creative media industry (film makers, photographers, designers, media personalities, journalists, bloggers…) and Social Workers/Youth Leaders (who lead a group (groups) of young people)
  • Must be between ages of 15 – 35
  • Must be able to show his/her demonstrated leadership
  • Is expected to cover their own airfare to and from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, necessary Visa Fee and dinner costs. (YAT will sponsor your accommodation, transportation within the city, convention package, breakfast and lunch)
    • *Few sponsorships for airfare will be available for exceptional applicants.

Click here to apply



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