The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by the United States government as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.
There are four Regional Leadership Centers (Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, and South Africa). These Centers serve as regional hubs across the continent to encourage transformational learning and enhancing leadership skills. The YALI Regional Leadership Centers are a project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in close partnership with The MasterCard Foundation. Each Regional Leadership Center is managed under a public/private partnership.
The YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa, located at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya serves 14 countries in East and Central Africa: Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The Center is overseen by Deloitte East Africa and is supported by a growing number of African and international partners.
Eligibility and Criteria.
To apply to this program you must meet the following criteria.
- You must be between 18 to 35 years of age at the time of application submission,
- You must be a citizen and resident of one of the following countries: Burundi, Central African Republic. Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda,
- You must not be a U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
- You must be eligible to receive any necessary visa to Kenya, an
- You must be proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking English.
Awards and Benefits
Selected participants will engage in leadership training across three tracks of study:
- Business and Entrepreneurship.,Civic Leadership,Public Management in a 4-week residential format with a focus on individual and team leadership skills, innovation, creative learning, and communication.
- The program’s emphasis is on interactive and experiential learning which fosters each participant’s ability to
contribute both individually and in teams.
- Participants in each track contribute to an interactive and experiential education model by working both individually and in teams.
- In addition to the immersive curriculum over the 4-week
program, participants also have parallel learning
opportunities: (1) working with fellow participants on a group project, (2) optional individual mentor engagement, (3) community service and (4) guest speakers.
- As part of their learning, participants collaborate to address a challenge posed by an organization involved in each of the three thematic areas (Business & Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership and Public Management).
- The Design Challenge is meant to encourage participants to work jointly to overcome technical problems, communication barriers, and issues related to diversity to create a meaningful and relevant solution that is presented to the sponsoring organization during Week 4.
How To Apply.
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