YALILearns is a Network-wide initiative to promote shared learning and collaboration among YALI Network members. If you are looking for a way to give back to your community and help mentor other young Africans, consider facilitating a YALILearns session.

Download the YALILearns Session Planning Toolkit (PDF) for a copy of the below detailed steps on how to organize your session.

Please remember that all #YALILearns sessions are organized on the basis of educating your community with shared YALI Network resources. You should never charge a fee for a YALI Network event.

Step One: Take a YALI Network Online Course

With topics ranging from entrepreneurship to good governance to civic leadership, there is sure to be a course (or several!!) that you are interested in. Take a YALI Network Online Course, pass the quiz, and get your certificate. You are now ready to plan a session and share what you learned in the course to others.

Step Two: Plan Your Session


1. Watch the Designing and Delivering Training lesson from the Workforce Collaboration and Development Online Course to learn more on planning a training event.

2. Choose your session focus. Once you’ve chosen the course, identify which lesson(s) you would like to teach. (Note: teaching the full course might be too much for a single event- think about having a series of #YALILearns sessions depending on how your first event goes!)

3. Identify your audience. Depending on which course lesson you will be facilitating, think about who you want to invite to your session. Do they live and/or work in your community? Are they already actively involved in the topic you will be discussing or are they new to it? These are the kinds of questions that can help you focus your event.

4. Plan the logistics.

  • Find a location to host your session. Community centers, schools and Embassy-sponsored American Spaces are great places to start. If these venues are not available, consider your home or a local park. You can use the YALILearns Space Solicitation letter template (word document file) to help craft your own ask!
  • Decide how many people you will invite to your session based on the amount of space you have.

5. Decide how you will present the course. You have three options:

  • Stream the videos (available at yali.state.gov/courses)
  • Play the audio (available on each lesson page under the “Audio” tab)
  • Print and distribute the written transcripts (available on each lesson page under the “Lesson Resources” tab)

6. Promote your session.

  • Getting the word out about your event is key to success. You can find #YALILearns tshirt logos and graphics to use in the “Promotional Materials” section below.
  • To invite YALI Network members that might be near you, create an event on YALI Network face2face.
  • Send an email, WhatsApp message or SMS to friends, family and others in your network inviting them to your #YALILearns session.
  • Consider printing flyers to distribute or personally inviting individuals you would like to come.

7. Develop an agenda. Now that you have identified your session focus and audience, outline your agenda with multiple discussion questions and activities to keep your audience interested. Be sure to customize your agenda to fit your audience’s needs and interests, as well as the time available.

  • To help prepare your session, review the lesson discussion guides that are available on each lesson page under the “Lesson Resources” tab.
  • Check the “Supporting Course Facilitation Materials” section below to see if a PowerPoint or additional handouts are available for the course you have chosen to facilitate.

8. Practice your presentation. If possible, use the same space and computer you plan to use for your session so you are comfortable with the audio, video projection and space. Remember, you should not spend the whole time speaking to the group- make this an interactive session so that your participants stay interested!

Not ready to plan your own event?

Visit the YALI Network face2face page to find a #YALILearns event near you and connect with your peers.

Step Three: Conduct Your Session

  • Arrive early to make sure you have your space set up the way you would like and you have plenty of time to test any equipment you are using.
  • Have any handouts for participants or materials needed for activities already prepared.
  • Think through any issues that you might run into, and try to prepare for those in advance (what if people are late? What if the internet connection isn’t working properly?). Little challenges will occur with any event, but planning ahead can help ensure that everything goes smoothly.
  • Relax and enjoy the event! You’ve planned well and the participants will have a great time.

Step Four: Report Back

Congratulations on facilitating a #YALILearns session! Tell us how it went on the #YALILearns feedback page. And remember to share the outcomes of your event with other YALI Network members on the YALI Network face2face page!

Supporting Course Facilitation Materials:

Some of the YALI Network Online Courses have additional supporting materials. In this section you can download facilitation guides and Powerpoints to help plan your session. As a reminder, all course lessons have a discussion guide, transcript and additional resources available on each lesson page.

YALIGoesGreen for Agribusiness Materials

YALIGoesGreen for Climate and Energy Materials

Africa4Her Materials

YALIStands4All Materials

YALIVotes Materials

YALIUnites Materials

YALICares Materials

YALILearns Promotional Materials

Ready to start planning your YALILearns session? Here are some materials to help promote your YALILearns event.