Deadline: July 1st 2019
Young African Leadership Initiative(YALI) was launched by the former US president in July 2010 as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The United States government saw the need to invest in nurturing young Africans. This is due to the fact that approximately 60% of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35.
There 4 regional leadership centers (Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa) that serve as regional hubs across the continent. They encourage transformational learning and enhance leadership skills. The YALI regional leadership center East Africa is located at Kenyatta University in Nairobi.
The application process is only done online. It collects basic information and includes questions regarding the applicant’s profession and academic experience. Additional elements such as a letter of recommendation or university transcript are optional and may supplement your application
Applications are now ongoing for YALI East Africa cohort 35, 36 and 37. Please click here to apply. Applications close on 1st July 2019.
YALI East Africa is merit based and is open to young East African leaders who meet the following requirements;
- Are between the ages of 18-25 years as per the time of application
- Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries; Burundi, Central Africa Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somali, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda.
- Are not U.S citizens or residents of the U.S
- Are eligible to receive any necessary VISA to Kenya
- Are proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking English
The selected participants will engage in leadership training across three tracks of training;
- Business and Entrepreneurship
- Civil Leadership
- Public Management
The YALI leadership training will take place in a 4week fully sponsored residential format. It will focus on individual and team leadership skills, innovation, creative learning and communication. The program puts emphasis on interactive and experiential learning which helps participants to contribute both individuals and in teams. For more information about the program, visit the YALI RLCEA website.
YALI has now been in existence for nearly a decade. And for the time it has been around it has made its mark. Individuals who have taken part in the program have become a force to be reckoned with. They have impeccable leadership and entrepreneurship skills. The impact stories can be found HERE. They illustrate how YALI is creating individuals who will help grow the African economy. Apply and be a part of Africa’s next generation of transformational leaders.