United States Young African Leadership Initiative – Sign Up Today


presidentYALIIt has been said that success is opportunity meeting preparation. If you have dreamt of going to the United States of America and you are a driven young person and you would like an opportunity to go to the United States for an once in a lifetime opportunity then read on.

The United States government is offering an internship through the State department known as Young Africans Leadership Institute (YALI). As of 2014 the US is taking up to 500 participants in a once in a lifetime opportunity to come to the United States and interact with business leaders and public sector leaders in the hopes that these young people will be mentored to go back and transform their own communities and come up with African solutions for African problems. The 6 week program will involve mentoring, networking and workshops.

 So if you want to take advantage of the opportunity to…..

  •  Interact with President Obama at a Presidential Summit in Washington, D.C.;
  • Participate in a 6-week leadership and mentoring program at a U.S. institution;
  • Meet with U.S. government, civic, and business leaders;
  • Access exceptional internship and apprenticeship opportunities;
  • Expand your business or project through access to millions of dollars for small grant funding; and
  • Join a continent-wide and global alumni network to help you seek innovative solutions to common challenges.

Criteria for Applicants:

  • Be a citizen of and reside in a sub-Saharan African country. Persons holding U.S. citizenship or permanent residency are ineligible.
  • Speak and write proficiently in English.
  • Be between 25-35 years of age at the time of application submission, although exceptional candidates younger than 25 will be considered.
  • Have a proven record of leadership and accomplishment in public service, business or entrepreneurship, or civic engagement.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship.
  • Be committed to return to Africa and contribute their skills and talents to build and serve their communities.

Click here to register for more information http://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/contact/

You should also contact your local embassy and United States Information Service to get more information.

Precious Simba from Zimbabwe is a YALI alumni


  1. I wish this chance is given by American president to interact with the youth annually in various African Countries as the center. I had time with the Ugandan Ambassador

  2. For me, the america countries, is the countrie of the oportunite for very people around the world, thanks President Obama, for these iniciative important, to help Africa. I´m sure in the future Africa will be have goods governaments.

  3. Why not! All things are possible in America. A shinning example of the global partnership to make the world a better place-I relish this opportunity.

  4. President OBAMA is a real internalize r of the African Dream.Been an International Advocate & Solicitor based in Cameroon, an opportunity to enhance Human Rights & Good governance will be blessing to Cameroon.

  5. I just want to say a big thanks to the honourable president of the united states of America for given africans this opportunity. I hope to be a part of this converence.

  6. Thanks President Obama for the inspiration to youth of Africa really this is great opportunity that will bring Africa Continent to Ecooimic revolution through youth again thank you very much.

  7. Hello, this fantastic opportunuty is to thank. the united state of america and his president who grant us this opportunity be blessed

  8. Am Samuel Adu-Adjei and a citizen of Ghana.Am very excited and grateful about this wonderful and mysterious vision.This is a gateway for Young Africans to exercise and exhibit their potentials and I think I will also be granted this opportunity. God bless President Obama,America and his team for such a supportive initiative.Thank you Mr. President

  9. Iam Kennedy Wafula Wekunda from Kenya I give a lot of thanks to the Barack oboma president of united states of America for giving Kenyans opportunity and I pray that I will be one of the people will be picked.

  10. God bless america, it’s all i hav 2 say May God grant those dat really nid this initiative to showcase their latent.

  11. Thanks to President Obama for this initiative affording Africans Young Educators to have an educative experience of such. i wish to be a part come June

  12. I really wish am selected to represent my lovely country, Cameroon to U.S this year. I will make sure our system of Education is improved after developing Administrative skills. Papa Obama, we thank you for remembering Africa in your policies. Gracias !!!

  13. i am praying to be selected as one of the participants during the up coming President Obama Young African Leaders Initiative comes June. i promise to share such knowledge to my Organization(SHALOM) and Mama Liberia at large.

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