YouthConnekt Champions and Celebrating Young Rwandan Achievers (CYRWA) awards, was initiated in 2007, by the First Lady of Rwanda, Mrs Jeannette Kagame, as part of the Youth Empowerment and Mentorship Programme (YEMP) aimed at empowering, educating and engaging the youth towards greater prosperity.
YouthConnekt Champions and Celebrating Young Rwandan Achievers awards (YCC & CYRWA), specifically,is a bi-annual award given to exemplary young Rwandans for their achievements and commitment to developing Rwanda.
During the awards ceremony, accomplished and dedicated individuals from all over the world share their insights and achievements with the awardees and the youth in attendance to encourage them to continue their journey of excellence.
To-date, 48 individuals, organisations and enterprises have been awarded under YouthConnekt Champions & CYRWA Awards. Candidates are chosen through a public nomination process and an Imbuto Foundation panel makes the final selection. This year, YouthConnekt Champions & CYRWA Awards celebrates the 7th edition of the awards.Those awarded have forged paths of leadership for all Rwandan youth to follow.
YouthConnekt Champions & CYRWA Awards are implemented and organised by Imbuto Foundation, through its Youth Empowerment and Mentorship Programme in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Culture.
Rwandans living abroad/outside of Rwanda can be nominated as long as they meet the criteria listed above.
The YouthConnekt Champions & CYRWA Awards programme is designed to empower young Rwandans by inspiring them to continue their outstanding work in their respective fields, and secondly, encourage them to motivate other youth in their communities towards excellence.
Groups of people, unless they constitute an institution, organisation or an enterprise, cannot be nominated.
In the case of institutions, organisations or enterprises, please refer to the list of criteria above.
Yes you can nominate yourself. Please read the list of criteria for individual candidates above, to ensure that you meet them.
During the awarding Ceremony, Her Excellency Mrs Jeannette Kagame,First Lady of the Republic of Rwanda along with the Leadership of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, award winners with symbolic trophies. Winners are also provided mentorship and advisory services through both Imbuto Foundation and the Ministry of Youth and Culture.
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