The ability to speak up, and the experience of being heard are at the core of all Rising Nomads’ work with youth. By centering voice and individual agency, our programs empower youth with the skills and confidence they need to not only contribute to their own personal development but to collectively and productively confront the obstacles that hinder them from realizing their ambitions. Through training and structured opportunities to gain practical experience, Rising Nomads programs equip youth with skills to effectively and productively engage in the civic and political life of their communities. Somali youth are eager to confront Somalia’s polarized, clan-based politics and contribute to peaceful reconstruction of Somali political culture. But without access to sustainable sources of work and income, Somali youth face little chance of circumventing, let alone reforming, the nepotistic system that governs the country’s political and economic life. That is why Rising Nomads pairs its programs focused on civic engagement with entrepreneurship training and practical work experience.