YALI Network


Providing the Tools, Training, and Technology to Promote Leadership: The YALI Network

The YALI Network provides virtual resources and vibrant physical spaces to equip young African leaders with the skills and connections they need to foster change in their communities and their countries. Established by the President in April 2014, the Network already includes almost 150,000 members. Using yali.state.gov and social media, the United States provides online courses and materials, and connects members with global leaders in their fields to help members develop leadership skills.

Join the YALI Network to take advantage of virtual training, tools, and technology:

  • Online courses & certificates: The YALI Network platform has created 13 tailor-made online courses on leadership, business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management featuring U.S. university professors and experts in their fields. The training videos provide tips on everything from creating a business model to developing public-private partnerships, with supplementary guides with discussion questions and developmental actions.

  • Follow YALI Network on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for professional development and online discussions, including monthly  #YALICHATs with experts, professors and U.S. Government officials.

  • YALI Network face2face group– the ability to make connections with other young leaders in person: the YALI Network face2face Facebook group enables members to connect, network and collaborate on new initiatives.

In addition to virtual resources, YALI Network members in 9 countries will soon have access to state-of-the-art YALI Spaces. Over the next two years, American Corners in Cote d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Senegal, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, and Rwanda will be outfitted to provide YALI Network members opportunities to meet, learn, and incubate their ideas. YALI staff or trainers will facilitate online courses and provide advising sessions on everything from business start-ups to opportunities for study abroad. Meeting rooms, collaboration spaces, and business tools will allow YALI Network members to work together to create social ventures, community service projects, and new business start-ups.

Partner with the YALI Network

YALI Network members appreciate the opportunity to connect with leaders from a wide variety of industries. They value the lessons to be learned from those who’ve succeeded in business, finance, civil society, agriculture, natural resource management, media and health care to name a few. Eager to develop personally and professionally, Network members gain valuable insight when leaders and innovators share their experiences and best practices. By connecting with the more than 140,000 members of the YALI Network, you are empowering these young African leaders to develop the skills and networks they need to build brighter futures for their communities, their countries and their continent. Don’t miss out on your chance to speak to the next generation of business, civil society and government leaders. If you’d like to know how you can make a difference to the future leaders of Africa, contact us at [email protected].

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The YALI Network provides you email updates and opportunities to collaborate with young leaders across Africa.