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Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders, with Skills Today: Youth-Led Impact

July 19, 2024 —In a world fraught with challenges, youth stand as beacons of hope, wielding the power to shape tomorrow’s landscape. In this landscape, skills are key and collaboration is a must.  Recognizing the value of collaboration, Catalyst 2030 and its members are changing systems at all levels through collective action and bold new […]

We cannot wait, we will not wait. 

OTTAWA, Canada, April 12, 2024 — When teams from Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) met with hundreds of young people in four African countries last year, again and again we heard a consistent message.  From the rural Malawian teenagers walking two hours each way to and from school, to the aspiring Zambian app developers teaching themselves […]

Impact Makers Advisory Board (IMAB): Championing Innovative Financing for Youth

On March 21st, 2024, Digital Opportunity Trust hosted a virtual session called “Impact Makers Advisory Board (IMAB): Championing Innovative Financing for Youth” during the 68th Commission on the Status of Women. The #CSW68 event marked the launch of the next iteration of the Impact Makers Advisory Board (IMAB), with over 100 global attendees gathering to […]

Amplifying Youth Voices: Unveiling the Global Youth Leadership Advisory Board

March 27, 2024 ⎯⎯⎯ At the heart of DOT lies the Global Youth Leadership Advisory Board (GYLAB), a dynamic force dedicated to co-creating innovative solutions and amplifying youth voices. GYLAB takes center stage in co-design efforts, collaborating with young individuals to enhance the relevance and impact of DOT’s programs worldwide. Serving as Strategic Advisors, GYLAB […]

Inspiring Journeys from Daring to Shift Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives

  Cows weren’t part of Glory Mtei’s five-year plan.  After all, she had grown up surrounded by lanky herds of cattle in a farming community not far from Tanzania’s Serengeti plains, and she wanted a change. She moved away for college and dreamed of landing a nice 9-5 job in an office somewhere. But when […]

Daring to Shift: Youth Voices on Empowerment and Digital Leadership

  Sabine Iradukunda Uwase never planned to be a facilitator.  As a child, “I stuttered,” she says. “I avoided every situation where I had to stand in front of people and speak.” When she got to college, she studied agro-forestry and dreamed of working with farmers in her home country of Rwanda on sustainable agriculture […]

Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) and the Mastercard Foundation to Support 40 Youth-Led Organizations and 300,000 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise Business Owners

OTTAWA, Canada, July 12, 2023 — Digital Opportunity Trust and the Mastercard Foundation are partnering to support over 300,000 young women and men to gain relevant entrepreneurial skills and foster a network ecosystem of support for young leaders. The “Going Beyond – Partnering for a Youth-Led Future” project aims to scale DOT’s evidence-based, peer-to-peer model […]

Bringing Youth Perspectives to the Forefront – and taking action – together.

In March 2022, DOT hosted the Speaking Out, Reaching Out Youth Summit, which focused on exploring the findings from the DOT’s Speaking Out, Reaching Out youth-led investigation in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation.  The investigation showcased stories of youth resilience, capturing the voices, lived experiences, and unrelenting perseverance of over 1,500 young people aged 18-35, […]

Celebrating 20 years supporting youth at the centre of change: Youth-led creativity, innovation, and optimism in challenging times

OTTAWA, June 15, 2022 – It’s a milestone year for Digital Opportunity Trust as we celebrate 20 years of empowering young women and men to become leaders of change in their communities. To mark the anniversary, we’re launching a six-month campaign to recognize many of the youth leaders, DOT team members, and partners who have […]

DOT Convenes Global Youth Leaders in Kigali to Share Best Practices on Youth-Led Digital Innovation

Digital Opportunity Trust is thrilled to announce it has been invited to convene DOT-trained youth leaders from across Africa and the Middle East to participate in a panel at the Generation Connect Global Youth Summit held on June 2 to 4, 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda. DOT has the largest network of youth leaders in Africa, […]

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