West Africa

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Details

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. Applicants are invited to apply for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center (RLC) West Africa Emerging Leaders Program (Cohort 38). The emerging leaders program will teach young African leaders about modern leadership over a period of 17 weeks. The program will be broken down into four phases, a 5 week coursework phase delivered in person or online and the remaining 12 weeks distributed equally among a mentorship program, internship or community service, and a report writing period.

Criteria

Competition for the YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa is a merit-based and open to young West African leaders who meet the following criteria:

  • Are 18 to 35 years of age at the time of application submission
  • Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Liberia, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Burkina Faso
  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S
  • Are eligible to receive any necessary visa to Ghana
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking English

Benefits

  • Business and Entrepreneurship: This track caters to the range of emerging or aspiring entrepreneurs who expect to take on leadership roles within the private sector or build their own business ventures on the continent
  • Civil Society Management: This track is oriented to those who are or aspire to be civically engaged and serve the public through non-governmental organizations, community based organizations, or volunteerism
  • Public Policy and Management: This track is tailored to those who work or aspire to work in any level of government (including elected positions), regional organizations such as the African Union or the West Africa Community, international organizations such as the United Nations, or other publicly minded organizations or think tanks
  • At the end of the program participants will be awarded with certificate and become a member of the YALI Alumni
  • Participants will be taking through various forms of leadership training to prepare them for leadership role in their various endeavors

About Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)

The Young African Leaders Initiative Network (YALI Network) is a part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) – President Obama’s signature effort to invest in the next generation of African entrepreneurs, educators, activists, and innovators. Nearly one in three Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60 percent of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35. The White House launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.