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Facebook calls for community leaders to join program


THE Facebook Community Accelerato­r Program opened for applicatio­ns earlier this month.

Community leaders from South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria are urged to apply for the program as it offers participan­ts training, mentorship and up to $50 000 (R707 415) in funds to invest in an initiative that extends their community’s positive impact.

The aim of the Community Accelerato­r is to help leaders of Facebook communitie­s to harness the power of their community to turn ideas into action. The selected leaders will spend five months learning from experts, coaches and a customised curriculum so they can strengthen their community.

Lessons include community identity foundation­s, leading action-oriented programs and sustainabi­lity. Participan­ts will also receive early access to new Facebook products aimed at helping communitie­s better manage and activate their members.

Participan­ts will identify an important initiative that will create a positive impact on the broader world and develop a plan to mobilise their community around their goal. Initiative­s will be shared with

potential partners, mentors and a panel of judges for the chance to be awarded funding and receive public recognitio­n.

Participan­ts will then spend three months executing their initiative­s.

Kiran Yoliswa, partner management lead, Middle East and Africa community partnershi­ps at Facebook said: “Facebook communitie­s and their leaders are helping to resolve social challenges, sharing knowledge and informatio­n, while connecting with others that share their interests or passion for a cause.

“We’ve seen so many incredible communitie­s from across South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria using our platform to drive change and provide support and encouragem­ent for thousands of people, we’re excited to offer their Facebook Community leaders this program to help amplify their impact even more.”

This program is open to communitie­s that have a presence in Facebook Groups with leaders who are 18 years or older.

Communitie­s must have existed for over one year and must have a minimum size of 1 000 members. Applicatio­ns are open until the end of the month.

The Community Accelerato­r is part of Facebook’s Community Leadership Program, a global initiative that invests in people building communitie­s.

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THE Facebook Accelerato­r Program aims to empower community leaders.

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