Copyright 2017 Youth and Society Emerging Leaders Program ( 2016-2020) Emerging Leaders Program (ELEP) is a powerful transformative youth leadership development program focused on providing high quality training, mentorship, and networking support to 300  exceptional young leaders between the ages 18 and 35. Potential young leaders are carefully selected from a wide range of backgrounds and diverse experiences in civil society sector. The program embodies YAS's  commitment to invest in the future of Malawi's civil society - the panacea and conscience of the country's democratic governance and sustainable development. Objectives of Emerging Leaders Program: - Create a network of emerging civil society leaders and experts - Create opportunities for young Malawians to identify critical issues which affect their communities and develop solutions for redress. - Create experiential learning opportunities to discuss some best practices in civil society leadership, governance, civil mobilisation, and social innovation; assess their relevance to various contexts; and apply as appropriate. - Support young Malawians build vibrant civil society institutions for development. - Connect Malawian young professionals in civil society from diverse backgrounds with each other and current leaders in the Civil Society, Government, and Business sectors. - Measure and evaluate the effectiveness of the Youth and Society (YAS) in empowering the next generation of Malawian civil  society leaders. What we do: We identify high potential young civil society leaders and accelerate their success through proven leadership development methods. We provide an opportunity to the youth with a track record of success and potential for greatness to enhance leadership skills and accelerate personal and community development. Our target: Empower and inspire 300 exceptional young civil society leaders in Malawi through training, mentorship and networking support by 2020. How we do: - Training - Mentorship - Networking Why we do this: We strongly believe in the power of a vibrant civil society in transforming our society. By growing leaders, we commit ourselves towards the strengthening of democratic governance, advancing national development, and solving complex social challenges standing in our way of progress. YAS'S NEW HIV/AIDS  PROJECT TO TEST 900  PEOPLE IN VIPHYA  FOREST Under its Human Rights and  Democracy Programme, YAS  with grant support from the  American Government's.... YAS LEADS MALAWIAN CSOs IN THE GRAND-  CORRUPTION FIGHT -  "MAIZE-GATE" SCAM In its front-line combat against  corruption and impunity in  Malawi, from 2016, through  strategic public interest   litigation, YAS has.....