The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative, CYFI, is a dynamic youth-based initiative launched in 2011 by the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos. CYFI brings together Nigerian youth of exceptional vision, skills and experience to design and implement projects that have a positive impact on Nigerian society. Former Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, was a champion of civil liberties, democracy and closer ties between the U.S. and Nigeria.
CYFI fellows are committed to putting the ideals of Walter Carrington into practice. The CYFI Board of Directors, in conjunction with the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos, selects fellows who demonstrate exceptional vision, skills and experience. Fellows are them grouped into teams based on interest, and teams then develop and implement their own youth engagement project over the course of the one-year fellowship duration.
In addition to working with their team to bring their project into fruition, CYFI fellows have the opportunity to attend various networking events, roundtables and forums on relevant social issues, hosted by the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos. The year will conclude with an awards ceremony for fellows, where fellows will be inducted into the CYFI Alumni Program.
Past & Ongoing Projects
CYFI Fellows have executed 14 unique projects from February 2012 till date. Get a brief of past and ongoing projects here.
Check out Ambassador Carrington’s interview with the Punch Newspaper here.
The new 2014 Fellows had a chance to meet with Consul General Jeffery Hawkins, Public
Ambassador Walter Carrington delivered the Gettysburg Address at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Anniversary,
Check out Ambassador Entwistle’s interview in Pidgin with Wazobia FM’s Omotunde Lolo!