While young people’s lives are deeply interconnected with data and technology, they are rarely, if ever, involved with shaping decisions on how data is generated, used, and governed.

The Youth Cast will be a vibrant youth-powered platform that seeks to give young people (18-24 years) a voice to engage meaningfully as partners in key decision-making processes on issues that affect them, by 2025.

The Youth Cast will bring together diverse minds of young people to engage in intellectual conversations and brainstorm on what can help them to elevate their careers and general livelihoods.

The outcomes, intended to be policy papers and youth manifestoes, will inform different programs and policies directed towards supporting the youth in Rwanda and influence those in power to put young people at the forefront of development.

Patrick Karekezi and Denis Wembi

Patrick Karekezi and Denis Wembi

Patrick Karekezi: MasterCard Foundation, Global Youth Researcher, Youth Champion for Disarmament with the United Nations and incoming Schwarzman scholar. Age: 25-29 // Country: Rwanda

Denis Wembi: Makerere University Political Science graduate. Active in GOAL NextGen, Ubuntu Leadership Safari, World Youth Alliance, and Young Innovation Leadership Fellowship. Age: 25-29 // Country: Uganda