YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa Program is now open for Applications
Deadline: 10 February 2020
The YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa is looking for young men and women between the ages of 18 and 35 from Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo, DRC, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda who are ready to embrace leadership and work hard to transform their countries.
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The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by former President of the United States Barack Obama as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The need to invest in grooming strong, results-oriented leaders comes out of the statistics: nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60% of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35.
Who will empower and lead these young Africans? Who will shape the future of business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management? In order to answer these questions, YALI promotes three models designed to identify and empower young leaders: the YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship, YALI Network, and the Regional Leadership Centers across Africa.
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The YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa, located at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya serves 14 countries in East and Central Africa. The Center is overseen by Deloitte East Africa and is supported by a growing number of African and international partners.
Three Tracks of Study
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Selected participants will engage in leadership training across three tracks of study:
Business and Entrepreneurship
Focused on the range of emerging or aspiring entrepreneurs who hope to take on leadership roles within the private sector or build their own business ventures on the continent.
Oriented to those who are or aspire to be civically engaged and serve the public through non-governmental organizations, community based organizations, or volunteerism.
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 East Africa Community, international organizations such as the United Nations, or other publicly-minded organizations or think tanks.
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.
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Parallel Learning Engagements
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:
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Working with fellow;
Participants on a group project;
Optional individual mentor engagement;
Group Design Challenges
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). Working together, each group of 5-6 participants from different countries must utilize the tools and knowledge they glean during the program and apply them to the Design Challenge process, a human centered approach to innovation.
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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. Organizations benefit from the process when they choose to actively implement the solutions and strategies that are presented by the winning team.
Participants have the opportunity to be matched with a mentor for the duration of the program and potentially to continue once the Mentee has completed the program. Having a Mentor allows a participant to engage in a one-to-one relationship with an experienced individual who can coach the participant’s personal and professional development. Mentor profiles are entered into a closed-access mentorship portal from which participants can select a Mentor based upon his/her specific experiences, skills, and goals. Mentors are recruited on an ongoing basis.
Engagement After the Program
One of the most important questions after the 4-week program is: what’s next? Alumni will have ongoing opportunities to connect, continue their learning, help to shape future cohorts of the program, and apply the lessons, tools, and techniques learned to benefit their communities.
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Some of the Center’s exclusive alumni-only opportunities include:
Volunteer Engagement– Serving as volunteers via country-based Alumni Chapters or as Country Liaisons, alumni can help to coordinate activities, host trainings, recruit prospective participants, review applications, and engage the community.
Transformation Fund – Applying for financial and non-financial resources that support collective action that help alumni to provide meaningful activities, trainings, events, workshops, and forums to their communities and countries.
Networking, Events & Continued Learning– Taking advantage of specialized networking occasions (e.g., with local investors, public officials, etc.), social events, continued educational opportunities such as monthly Learning Labs, and a platform to keep connected with fellow graduates.
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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 of age at the time of application submission;
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,
Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S;
Are eligible to receive any necessary visa to Kenya, and;
Are proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking English.
How to Apply
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Interested applicants can apply online via given website.
For more information, visit https://www.yalieastafrica.org/