The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched in 2015 as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. To date, the four RLCs have empowered over 20,000 alumni across 49 countries.

1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24

Approximately 60% of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35

Who will shape the future of the African continent?

The Regional Leadership Center serves as a regional hub to encourage transformational learning and enhancing leadership skills in the following areas:

The various stories of YALI alumni spread across Africa demonstrate that alumni have started to make an impact in their communities and society at large.

Jotham Johnson

Jotham Johnson has dedicated his whole life to defending human rights and empowering young Sierra Leaneans to reach their full potential. Jotham, a YALI RLC West Africa alum, is a Human Rights Officer and Manager ...Read More

Eric Muthomi

A story about our alumnus Eric Muthomi, Kenya, Cohort 1, Business & Entrepreneurship With the desire to use smart business decisions to break the cycle of poverty among smallholder farmers and to feed Kenyan families ...Read More

Oluwafunmilayo Oni

Oluwafunmilayo Oni is an Alumni from Nigeria who is raising funds during the COVID-19 pandemic to support over 140 households in slum areas and underserved communities in Makoko, Mushin and Oke-ira in Nigeria. Through her ...Read More

YALI RLC Alumni Chapter Cohort 16

YALI RLC Alumni Chapter Cohort 16 from Sierra Leone came together to celebrate Independence Day through a day of community service. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the group decided to organize a sensitization campaign targeting the ...Read More