Application Deadline: August 9, 2022
The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by former United States President Barack Obama as a landmark effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The need to invest in nurturing strong, results-oriented leaders is evident from the statistics: nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and about 60% of Africa’s total population is under 35 years of age.
Located at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, the YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa serves 14 countries in East and Central Africa: Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya , Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The center is overseen by Deloitte East Africa and supported by a growing number of African and international partners.
Selected participants will undergo leadership training in three fields of study: (1) Business and Entrepreneurship, (2) Civic Leadership and (3) Public Management in a 4-week residential format with a focus on individual and team leadership skills, innovation, creative learning and communication. The emphasis of the program is on interactive and experiential learning, fostering each participant’s ability to contribute both individually and in teams.
Competition for the YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa is merit-based and open to young East African leaders who meet the following criteria:
Are 18 to 35 years old at the time of submission of the application, Are citizens and residents 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, US citizens or permanent residents of the United States are not eligible to obtain the necessary visa to Kenya , and are proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking English.
Selection panels use the following criteria to assess applications:
A proven leadership in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement. Active involvement in public or community service, volunteering or mentoring. Ability to work together in diverse groups and respect the opinions of others. Strong social and communication skills. energetic, positive attitude. Demonstrated knowledge, interest and professional experience in the selected sector/track, and a commitment to apply leadership skills and training to the benefit of your country and/or community after the programme.
Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
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