Fellow Since 2008
This profile was prepared when Kingsley Bangwell was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
The New Idea
Kingsley’s first organization, Youngstars Foundation International (YFI), strengthens and trains young people and youth organizations to participate in leadership and governance programs. Kingsley builds on this with an initiative called ‘Democracy Series: Participation—Learning and Active Youths,’ (DESPLAY), a youth program that brings together young people from different backgrounds to deepen their understanding of democracy and encourage active and informed participation in good governance processes. After taking part in the DESPLAY academy, young graduates serve as role models and spread positive messaging through an extensive peer, online, and television network.