APPLY: YALI Cohort 31 and 32 application now open.


The Young Africa Leadership Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center East Africa has announced the application dates for the 31st and 32nd cohorts.

The program that was launched by former US President Barack Obama in 2015 targets young people who are passionate about leadership and want to make a difference in their communities.

The fully funded program is conducted at Kenyatta University and attracts applications from the East Africa region.

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According to the communique from the center, applications for Cohorts 31 and 32 are now open until September 10, 2018, 5.00 PM EAT.

Since its launch, YALI RLCEA has empowered over 2,300 young people, setting them up on their leadership trajectory.

Alumni of the Center are already having meaningful impact in their communities.

If you want to join this growing number of revolutionary young African leaders, apply for cohort 31 and 32 by visiting the Center’s website

YALI Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Age 18-35
  • Demonstrated commitment to positively impact their communities, countries, and the African continent
  • Proven experience and track record in Public Management, Business and Entrepreneurship, or Civic Leadership
  • Citizen of: Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, or Uganda.
  • English language proficiency

The program encourages applications from:

  • Rural based and economically disadvantaged young leaders
  • Young leaders with disabilities
  • Women
  • Other minority groups

YALI provides equal opportunities to applicants and does not discriminate against anyone.

There is no fee to apply for or attend the program.

Successful applicants will be provided round-trip transportation to the program, accommodation, meals, and course materials.

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All other costs will be at the participant’s expense.

Selected participants will engage in leadership development experiences across three tracks of study.

These include Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, and Public Management in a 4-week residential format.

The training will focus on individual and team leadership skills, innovation, creative learning, and communication.

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