$300 – $1,200

5th Annual East Africa Girls' Leadership Summit 2018

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Brackenhurst Hotel, Limuru



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The East African Girls' Leadership Summit (EAGLS) and Mentor Program develops the critical leadership skills of girls and young women to support them on their journey to becoming effective change-makers in their communities. The program seeks to build a strong regional advocacy network to advance gender equality.

Mentor Program

August 13th - 17th, 2018: Foundations for Creative Mentoring and Facilitation [First Year Mentors | Participants]

August 16th - 20th, 2018: Creative Advocacy and Facilitation Training for Changemakers [Second Year Mentors ]

Girls' Summit

Dec 8th - Mentors Arrive
Dec 9th -
Mentor Training | Girls' Arrive
December 10th -14th: Leadership Summit
December 15th: Girls' depart | mentor training
December 16th: Mentors depart

Mentor Program

Our two-year Mentor Program is designed to strengthen the capacity of women to lead and achieve impact in the work they are doing to advance gender equality with diverse communities in East Africa. The program trains women in creative leadership, mentorship, facilitation and advocacy skills through a series of levelled pieces of training that occur in August and December. Coaching and site-visits are provided throughout the year from Creative Action Institute expert staff to support the successful integration of these tools.

There are two pieces of training in August - one for first-year mentors - Foundations of Creative Mentoring and Facilitation and one for second-year mentors - Creative Advocacy and Facilitation Training for Changemakers.

Additional training for Mentors will occur in December before and after the Summit. Six second-year or alumni mentors will be chosen each year to co-facilitate the Summit, while remaining mentors will play a critical support role in facilitating small groups. The six mentors selected to co-facilitate the Summit will be required to arrive earlier to coordinate and prepare with the Creative Action Institute facilitators. Supporting mentors will only be expected to participate in sessions one day before and after the summit.

Foundations for Creative Mentoring and Facilitation - New Mentors and professional development )

Who can apply?

Individuals interested in mentoring individuals and groups, people working on issues of girls’ rights and women's’ empowerment, professionals working on programs focused on youth development, youth leadership, program officers working with communities on different human rights issues, facilitators and trainers.

(Mentors must have at least 3 girls affiliated with their school or organization participating in the Summit. )

What is in it for you to attend?

  • You will identify and strengthen your personal identity, find your power, purpose and motivation.
  • You will learn and understand the basics of good mentoring
  • You will identify your personal strengths and challenges as a mentor.
  • Deepen understanding of mentorship skills, roles and responsibilities.
  • Strengthen mentor skills of active listening, coaching and self-care
  • Strengthen skills as a creative mentor.
  • Learn how to lead innovative exercises and generative dialogue
  • You will learn how to create a warm, inclusive and positive learning environment
  • You will gain an understanding of how to create emotional safety and support for yourself and your mentee (s).

Creative Advocacy and Facilitation Training for Changemakers - Returning Mentors

This 5 -Days training is dedicated to equipping participating mentors who have already participated in the Foundations for Creative Mentorship and Facilitation Training, with advocacy and facilitation tools to successfully design and lead trainings in the CAI curriculum and successfully lead girls and community members in the implementation of creative community advocacy actions.

A unique component of this initiative is the emphasis on training women as leaders in creative leadership, facilitation and advocacy.

At the end of the training participants will be able to:

  • Identify personal strengths and challenges as a facilitator
  • Incorporate best practices of effective facilitation, creative advocacy and design in their work.
  • Co-lead innovative exercises and generative dialogue
  • Create a warm, inclusive and positive learning environment
  • Give and receive appreciative and developmental feedback for collective learning
  • Capture and reflect critical questions and insights that enhance their work.
  • Design an engaging and participatory workshop.

In addition to the training the participants will participate in a 2-year program where each year, they receive intensive training in August; a 5-day practicum during the Summit, where they can apply their new skills; and year-round coaching to support community actions.

Key Requirements:

  • Mentors must have at least 3 girls affiliated with their school or organization participating in the Summit.

Cost per Mentor:

Organizations with budgets < $800,000 = $600

Organizations with budgets >$800,000 = $1200

(Inclusive Accommodation on a twin-sharing basis, meals and workshop materials for the August Training and the Girls' Summit in December.)

East African Girls’ Leadership Summit

The East African Girls’ Leadership Summit is a participatory creative leadership development opportunity for girls to unlock their potential and strengthen their capacity to lead in their schools and communities.

50 Girls from Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Burundi and Ethiopia are invited to participate in this unique 5-day regional convening of the next generation of African women leaders.

The week includes dynamic days using dance, theatre, music and painting to explore girls’ human rights, develop leadership skills and create strong bonds between girls from neighbouring countries. Girls have the chance to participate in site visits to Nairobi to meet inspiring women leaders working in business, arts and social change.

After the Summit, girls will be ready to embody their leadership learning in their schools and communities by working with their mentors to lead and participate in Creative Advocacy efforts to challenge the norms that stand in the way of girls accessing their rights.

(The girls’ participating must be in high school and affiliated with a mentor in the Mentor Program).

Cost per girl:

Organizations with budgets < $800,000 = $300

Organizations with budgets > $800,000 = $600

This subsidised fee covers all meals and lodging at the beautiful Brackenhurst Hotel in Limuru, Kenya as well as participation in the year-round program of coaching for the mentors, creative community actions and access to mini-grants.

Travel is not included. Payment is required with registration.


Registration is open only to eligible organizations who have completed the application process. If you have interest in applying as a partner organization, please contact Veronica Thamaini at veronica@creativeactioninstitute.org or apply through the online form.

** If your foundation is paying for an organization to attend, please contact Clare Dowd at clare@creativeactioninstitute.org for separate registration instructions**

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