The Kectil Program was created to identify and nurture highly talented youth in developing countries who have the potential to make a positive difference in their communities and countries.

There is great enthusiasm for the 2018 Kectil Program from youth in many developing countries! Youth from 40 countries have already completed their applications! Join the tidal wave of talented youth who want to innovate, become entrepreneurs, advance the quality of life in their communities, and raise the bar for ethical government and women’s roles in society. To allow youth to complete their applications and their first assignments (selecting another potential youth leader), MKFF and The Kectil Program will keep the application portal open until NOVEMBER 30, 2017. This will be the final deadline. Get active!
Apply Today! The Kectil Youth Leadership Program For Developing Countries 2018 (Fully-funded to the US)
Type: Training
Duration of Program:
1 year

Eligible Countries: Developing Countries

Location (country): Online, USA (for the Youth Leadership Conference).

Supporters: Knowles Educational and Charitable Trust for International Leadership
Who Can Apply?
Youth (aged 17-26) in least developed and developing countries who have demonstrated a talent and passion for leadership, scholarship or innovation, are proficient in English and have access to a computer and the internet.


Awards for Most Active Participants in the Web-Based Program.

We are pleased to announce that The Kectil Program will select fifteen of the most active participants in the Web-based Program to be given a special award. These participants will have attended all of the Sessions and completed the online pre and post assignments. First, the selectees will be given a personal introduction to a leadership mentor in a developed country in the participant’s general area of interest. Second, the name of each selectee will also highlighted on the Kectil Website as an honor for their leading participation. 
Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial, Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Federated States of Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
These awards will be announced at the last Session in December 2017.

About the Award: KECTIL that refers to the Knowles Educational and Charitable Trust for International Leadership, is based on the following principles:

  •     Creating an authentic, collaborative network of high potential youth from developing and least developed countries can break down prejudices, lead to cultural, religious and gender understanding and give youth the comfort that they are more than just themselves– they are part of a mutual youth-based support system with the goal to make a positive difference in their lives, their Colleagues’ lives and the lives of those in their communities.
  •     Identifying, embracing and mentoring high potential youth (17-24) from developing and least developed countries can have a dramatic effect on the youths’ dreams, service to others and life accomplishments.
  •     Nothing comes easy and there is “no free lunch.” The results will not be achieved without hard work, dedication and an open mindedness to cultural understanding and compassion.
Kectil comprises of the following program categories: 
1. Web-Based Mentoring Program
        Monthly Kectil Talks with Leaders in Science, Business, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Public Service
2. Assignments & Sharing
        Connect with other students on social media (Facebook & Twitter) with facilitated web-based group discussions
3. Youth Leadership Conference
        Intensive Leadership Training, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop, Meetings with Successful Leaders, and Creation of Network of Youth Peers in Developing Countries
4. Alumni Web-Portal
        Maintenance of Network of Youth Peers in Developing Countries, Interaction with New Youth Participants, Availability of Mentorship from Program

Eligibility: Participants must be talented Youth (aged 17-25) in least developed and developing countries who have demonstrated a talent and passion for leadership, scholarship or innovation, are proficient in English and have access to a computer and the internet.

Number of Awardees:
15

Value of Programme:

  •     The Kectil Program will select fifteen of the most active participants in the Web-based Program to be given a special award.
  •     The participants will have attended all of the Sessions and completed the online pre and post assignments.
  •     The Kectil Program will host a Youth Leadership Conference in Atlanta the first week of August 2018 for a select group of highly qualified youth from least developed and developing countries.
  •     The conference will include intensive leadership training, an innovation and entrepreneurial workshop, community service training, and meetings with successful leaders in a small group interactive setting.
  •     The Conference will provide additional instruction over and above the year-long web-based program to Kectil Colleagues who have the greatest potential to be future leaders and who come from communities in most need of passionate and positive youth role models.
  •     The Conference will be held on the campus of Emory University. Participants will stay in University dormitory rooms and will eat in a cafeteria serviced by the University dining program.
Application Deadline: 30th November, 2017

Application Method

Note: Interested Participants must go through the Application requirements before registering to submit an application

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