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.
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:
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.