applying as an African Union Youth Volunteer
July 10, 2019
The Recruitment Committee
AU Youth Volunteer Corps-10th Cohort
Reff: Application for AU-YV; Cohort 10
I am writing to apply as an African Union Youth Volunteer for cohort 10. I am a Liberian national with over 7 years of professional and volunteering experience in community development work. I hold a BA degree in Sociology from the United Methodist University in Monrovia, Liberia. I currently work at the YMCA of Liberia as project officer on its Community dialogue for conflict reconciliation and mitigation project in 7 conflict affected communities.
As project officer, my role is to create safe spaces where meaningful reconciliations can take place and where social cohesion and intergroup harmony can be fostered. I also work to increase corporation and civic trust between communities, Civil Societies and Government through facilitating positive and inclusive encounters and dialogues using the proven community based sociotheraphy method and approach.
As a pan Africanist, I aspire to be at the forefront of promoting Africa's growth and development by fostering peace and unity. Additionally, I want to gain international experiences, develop self-reliance, acquire new professional skills, experience a new African culture and network with people to collectively achieve our desire for prosperity and well-being, for unity and integration and for a continent of free citizens and expanded prospects where the full potential of women and youth are realized with freedom from fear of violence and disease.
I am an active young professional with community development oriented skills and experiences particularly in Peace building, Health, Research, Community Mobilization, Youth Leadership Development and Advocacy. I am a good team player, dedicated, creative, productive, self-motivated, task oriented, and time conscious. My past experience has given me skills that are unique to the AU-YV program thereby making best suited for this role.
I bring to my host Organization and the AU-YV program creativity, willingness to learn and a new perspective of conflict mitigation which is the proven community based sociotheraphy approach and method of conflict reconciliation.
When accepted to participate in the AU-YV program, I will work to integrate the experience I have gained into my community by designing and developing programs and activities that will nurture the culture of peace and tolerance in African's younger generation in an effort to achieve the Africa we want.
Lawrence S. Dolo Jr