Deadline Extended To 30th April, 2020

Call for African Youth Charter Hustlers

Join The Movement of Youth-Led Accountability

26 March 2020, AU Headquarters, Addis Ababa – The African Union Office of the Youth Envoy launches a new initiative to empower a movement of Pan-African youth advocates.The initiative will engage two Hustlers per country, young male and female over a period of two years to lead continental, regional and national advocacy and accountability for the ratification and implementation of the African Youth Charter including progressive youth policies, youth funds and youth inclusion as well as the institution of effective monitoring and reporting mechanisms.  

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain committed to advocating for the contribution and central role of young people to reform our institutions and transform our systems to work for our generation. Article 16 of the African Youth Charter on Health, guarantees the right of African youth to enjoy the best attainable state of physical, mental and spiritual health and institution of programmes to address health pandemics in Africa. 

Are you African nationals of one of the 55 member states of the African Union? 

Are you aged 18-33 years old?

Are you ready to hustle for the African Youth Charter to be implemented? 

This call is for you! Apply to Be AYC Hustler

Why is This Initiative? 

Cognizant of Africa’s burgeoning youth population, with over 75% of the continent’s population under the age of 35, the African Union (AU) has since prioritized the empowerment of young people as central to achieving the vision of Agenda 2063. The African Youth Charter, adopted in 2006, is a rights-based framework which guides the engagement and empowerment of youth in Africa, enshrines their rights, duties and freedoms and has spawned the action plans which have guided continental programming, most recently the African Plan of Action on Youth Empowerment (APAYE 2019-2023).

Article 28 of the Charter mandates the African Union Commission (AUC) to collaborate with governments, non-governmental institutions, and developmental partners to identify best practices on youth policy formulation and implementation and encourage the adaptation principles and experiences sharing. 

In a similar vein, Article 26a calls for young people to be custodians of their own development. The AUC’s youth engagement strategy is centred on youth ownership of their outcomes, youth-led accountability, and building the capacity of young Africans to undertake these responsibilities.

What is This Initiative? 

As mandated by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission H.E, Moussa Faki, the African Union Youth Envoy published 2019/20 Action Plan. The Action Plan, under the Advocacy Model, seeks to mobilize the African Youth Charter (AYC) Hustlers, to lead continental, regional and national advocacy for the ratification and implementation of the Charter as well as the institution of effective monitoring and reporting mechanisms. 

This is in line with the AUC’s 1 Million by 2021 Initiative, which seeks to provide opportunities for African youth in the game-changing areas of employment, education, entrepreneurship and engagement (4Es). Under the engagement pillar, the initiative seeks to create meaningful platforms for youth to drive change in their environments. The AYC Hustlers initiative provides an opportunity for youth-led advocacy and youth-led accountability, and ensures results on continental commitments to their development.

The flagship initiative is spear-headed by the AU Office of the Youth Envoy (OYE), with the support of Youth Division of the AUC Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST), and in collaboration with the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), seeking to engage young Africans as African Youth Charter Hustlers. The AYC Hustlers initiative will engage two mobilizers per country, one male and one female for a period of two years. 

What is the AYC Hustlers Mission?

Advocate for Action

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Promote Africa’s Model

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Hustle for Accountability

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Who Can Apply?

Applicants must;

  • Be national of the 55 member states of the African Union 
  • Be aged 18-33 years old (as of 21 April 2020)
  • Have demonstrated advocacy results and impact in their work
  • Be committed to volunteer for two years to hustle for the Charter

Deadline (Extended)

30th April 2020 

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26 March -20 April 2020

A high-level Selection Committee composed of representatives from STC on Youth, Culture and Sports, civil society, Regional Economic Communities, APRM, AUC departments and AU Youth Advisory..Read More

20 – 30 April 2020

A high-level Selection Committee composed of representatives from STC on Youth, Culture and Sports, the AUC departments, civil society, Regional Economic Communities and APRM

May 2020

Announcement of AYC Hustlers

July 2020

AYC Hustlers Representatives from each region briefing the STC on Youth, Culture and Sports of their advocacy efforts.

November 2020

AYC Hustlers conducting activities in their countries during Africa Youth Day and throughout Africa Youth Month

How to apply?

Apply by completing the form below.