Community leaders across Africa are being invited to apply for the Facebook Community Accelerator Programme —which is open to community leaders from three countries: Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.
The six-month accelerator programme is an evolution of the 2019 Facebook Community Leadership Programme (FCLP) in which 115 leaders were selected from a pool of 6000 applicants.
Facebook says the Community Accelerator Programme will provide training, mentorship and funding to help community leaders grow their communities. The first three months will see selected participants learn from experts, coaches and a customised curriculum to create a plan to grow their communities. They will then spend the next three months iterating and executing on their plans.
A total of $3 million will be awarded to 80 programme participants worldwide.
Facebook has been keen on supporting community groups using the social media platform to connect people with similar interests and drive meaningful conversations. Facebook also plans to provide these community leaders with tools that make it easier to onboard new members and moderate conversations.
“Our mission is to empower the leaders who foster community – people who offer support, encourage others and make real change,” says Kiran Yoliswa, Strategic Partner Manager, Communities SSA at Facebook.
“We are investing in leaders because we believe and know they make significant contributions to today’s social challenges, by sharing knowledge and information, and helping people to connect with others that share same interests or passions for a good cause.”
Among the 12 community projects to benefit from the 2019 FCLP program include Africa Farmers Club (Kenya), Mamalette (Nigeria), Docteur Nakamou (Senegal), Dream Factory Foundation (South Africa), The Youth Hub Uganda (Uganda), among others.
To apply for the Facebook Community Accelerator programme, visit the official website. The deadline for all applications is April 10 and you must be 18 years or older to apply. The programme will begin in June 2020.
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