The YALI Network provides members with invaluable opportunities to connect with other leaders in their community and to learn from experts in their field. Explore this page to learn more about the YALI Network and all the ways you can be involved.
Free Online Training
Do you want to learn what you can do to promote human rights or protect the rights of women and girls? Are you trying to grow your small business? Do you want to improve your networking skills? Have you struggled with public speaking? Take one of our online training courses created exclusively for YALI Network members.
Each expert-led lesson includes everything you need to review and learn: video, audio, and written components to suit varying bandwidths; discussion guides to spark conversations; and quizzes to test your knowledge. You’ll even have the opportunity to earn a YALI Network Certificate.
Looking for expert advice and resources to help you advance your career, start a business, and prepare for your journey to success? Our large collection of blogs, toolkits, and other resources can help you grow and succeed as you work to achieve your professional goals.
Every month, YALI Network members gather on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook for exclusive online events. Called #YALICHATs, these online events connect YALI Network members to each other and to experts in the fields of business, government, management and civil society.
So if you have questions about raising capital for your startup or U.S. foreign policy toward sub-Saharan Africa, join the conversation.
Mandela Washington Fellowship
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. In 2019, the Fellowship will provide 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university with support for professional development after they return home.LEARN MORE
Regional Leadership Centers
YALI Regional Leadership Centers are located at higher education institutions in sub-Saharan Africa and offer leadership training programs to young leaders between the ages of 18 and 35. The RLCs serve as a place for regional collaboration driven by young leaders by providing in-person and online training, networking, and professional development opportunities. The RLCs are a project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in close partnership with The MasterCard Foundation and other private sector partners. Each center is managed as a public-private partnership.LEARN MORE