About Young Leaders Sierra Leone
Young Leaders-Sierra Leone (YLSL) is a youth-led, non-partisan, non-governmental and non-profit making organisation, registered in Sierra Leone under the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Young Leaders - Sierra Leone fosters a platform for young Sierra Leonean professionals at home and in the Diaspora to participate actively in nation-building through dialogue, education, advocacy, networking, and development.
We envision young people as productive citizens engaged in state planning.
Our Core Values
Unity - Integrity - Professionalism - Intergenerational Cooperation - Collective Action
- Expanding the Global Network of Young Sierra Leonean Professionals
- Youth Empowerment and Employment
- Improving Access to Information and Education
- Strengthening the capacity of young people to be able to participate in leadership roles, decision-making processes, peace and conflict transformation in their communities, region and beyond
- Establishing chapters and networks of YLSL across the world to culminate into a global network of Young Leaders of Sierra Leone providing a meeting point for over hundreds of Sierra Leonean youth.
- Lobbying the government and the International Community, through lobby and advocacy for inclusion of youth matters at national as well as internal programmes and policies.
- Engaging in research and findings to equip young people with relevant information on national and global matters. Innovating and implementing programs and strategies aimed at promoting young people's participation, development, and protection; committed to establishing links and spreading information on national and international matters related to young people.
How we keep our mandate
The Mandate of YLSL stands unchanged in that to canvassing passion, energy, resource, and idea of Sierra Leoneans towards nation Building. As part of YLSL's mandate is to raising awareness and knowledge in the midst of more youth in Sierra Leone to gradually become aware of resources outside their communities and of opportunities to share and reinforce each other's work.
YLSL keeps its mandate by creating a traditional channel of cooperation and exchange of information with the national government, NGOs, and other decision-makers as well as working with a broad range of the youth population, both those organised through formal youth structures and non-formal structures.