Young African Leaders Initiative

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.

About YALI

Mandela Washington Fellowship

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is YALI’s flagship program, bringing African civic, business, and community leaders for academic coursework, leadership training, and networking at U.S. colleges and universities.

Regional Leadership Centers

The four YALI Regional Leadership Centers provide in-person and online training throughout the year in business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership and public management. They also offer extensive opportunities for professional development and networking.

YALI Network

Through the YALI Network, young Africans can connect with other leaders in their community, and access free online courses in topics ranging from entrepreneurship to human rights and civic participation.

Serve your community with YALIServes!

YALIServes is back and we’re celebrating 100 years of Nelson Mandela! Each year, the UN marks Nelson Mandela’s birthday, July 18, by asking individuals to make a difference in their communities. The YALI Network honors this day through YALIServes by encouraging you to inspire, volunteer, and lead events in your communities between Mandela Day, July 18, and International Youth Day, August 12.

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Partner with the next generation of African leaders

Invest in today’s ambitious young leaders by becoming a Mandela Washington Fellowship partner. Individuals, organizations, and academic institutions in the United States can take advantage of partnership opportunities with the program.