About Denis Pato

Denis serves as the Executive Director at Vijana Corps. He has over 12 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Denis is also an expert in Human-Centered Design and Innovation for non-profit earned income. Over the years, he has helped improve literacy and cognitive abilities of children and youth in Uganda empowered youth voices and practices on human rights, democracy, and poverty alleviation. In 2016, Denis became an Acumen Fellow, from where he gained knowledge, operational skills, and moral imagination to contribute to changing the way the world tackles poverty. In 2015, Denis represented Uganda in Amman, Jordan where he participated in drafting the Amman Declaration on Youth, Peace, and Security, a document that has since been adopted as resolution 2250 by the UN Security Council. Previously, Denis coordinated a youth empowerment project funded by the Danish Government where he used film as a strategy to promote social cohesion and empowerment among youth in Uganda. His endeavors in this project enabled 100 youth to make their first short films, four of which were screened at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival in 2012. Denis also served as a reproductive health Associate with Straight Talk Foundation from where he worked with young people aged 13 to 24 years. Working in schools and local communities through radio, newsletters, and face to face outreaches, Here, he empowered adolescents to make safe sex choices, prevent and/or learn to live positively with sexually transmitted diseases. Motivated by his own childhood experience of extreme poverty, social injustice, and marginalization, Denis has found purpose and demonstrated strength in designing and managing projects that empower youth and children in Uganda.
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