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Solicitation of Applications for the first YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa Cohort

Seeking Young African Leaders Ready to Transform Their Country
The Young African Leaders Initiative (commonly referred to as “YALI”) has developed a Regional Leadership Center for East Africa and is looking for dynamic young men and women between the ages of 18 and 35 to participate in its inaugural session which will be held from July 20th 2015 through October 9th 2015.
How Can You Apply?
The Center will launch in July 2015 and it is looking for men and women who want to create their country’s future.  Do you wish to tap into your leadership potential?  Or are you already a leader and want to further develop your leadership capabilities? If so, go to to learn about the eligibility requirements, criteria for selection, and all the necessary information you need to know about the program. Read through all the information and if this is something that you would like to be a part of, we encourage you to apply online. Please note that applications will open at 12:00 pm East Africa Time on Monday, May 4th, 2015 and are due by 5:00 p.m. East Africa Time on Monday, May 18th, 2015.
What is YALI?
YALI was launched by 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. [1] 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 African leaders: the YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African LeadersYALI Network, and now the establishment of Regional Leadership Centers across Africa.
What are YALI Regional Leadership Centers?
A total of four Regional Leadership Centers will be established across the continent, in Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, and Kenya. These Centers will serve as regional hubs to encourage transformational learning and enhancing leadership skills.  The YALI Regional Leadership Centers are a project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in close partnership with the MasterCard Foundation. Each Center is managed under a public/private partnership.  The YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa, located at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, will serve 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 public and private partners.
The YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa is more than a location for learning or a venue for collaboration; it is a philosophy, a forward-leaning culture of diversity that invites dreaming and thinking differently to define and realize one’s potential.  Selected participants will engage in innovative leadership training across three tracks of study: (1) Business and Entrepreneurship, (2) Civic Leadership, and (3) Public Management by immersing themselves in a 12-week format (three-weeks of residential learning on-site at the Center in Nairobi, eight weeks of virtual distance learning via technology from your home country, and a final week on-site at the Center in Nairobi for wrap-up and presentations).  During the program, participants in their chosen track will be required to contribute individually and in teams to an interactive and experiential education course through project-based development and achievement.
Who Should Consider Applying to the YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa?
The YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa is looking for young men and women between the ages of 18 and 35 who are already working hard to achieve their goals, who strive to make an impact on their countries, and who are ready to embrace new or enhanced leadership responsibilities.  The YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa will accept young people between the ages of 18 and 35 from one of the following countries:
·         Burundi
·         Central African Republic
·         Congo
·         Democratic Republic of Congo
·         Djibouti
·         Eritrea
·         Ethiopia
·         Kenya
·         Rwanda
·         Somalia
·         South Sudan
·         Sudan
·         Tanzania
·         Uganda
The YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa is a diverse and dynamic learning environment that will provide the training, interaction, and involvement to enhance your leadership skills.  Its programs are inclusive, embracing future leaders regardless of ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, or disability.   For those selected to participate, there is no cost…all travel, materials, lodging for the residential program…are funded through the Center by our generous partners.  However, all personal incidentals such as passport fees, supplementary meals, entertainment, etc. will be at the expense of the participant.
Be part of East Africa’s transformation…apply to the YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa today!
Mark T. McCord, CCE
YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa
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