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Keep Shining! Learn more about Michelle's YALI Training!

YALI (Young Africans Leadership Initiative) is the U.S Government’s signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. Did you know that nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10-24 years old and about 60% of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35? In 2010, YALI was launched to support young African leaders as they spur growth, prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across sub-Saharan Africa.

In Africa, there are four Regional Leadership Centers, one of which is in Nairobi! Each year there is a Cohort Leadership training offered and of just over 4,000 individuals selected from the entire continent of Africa, our Girls Empowerment Coordinator Michelle was one of them! Of those nearly 4,000 individuals across the continent, there were only 240 people selected from Kenya. With the limited seating of nearly 4,000 for an entire continent, there were still thousands more who applied. We are proud to share that Michelle was chosen as part of Cohort 42 for 2021 Leadership Training!

Michelle completed various trainings and engaged a team learning environment with others from Kenya and across East Africa. This training was done online due to COVID-19 this year, but the networking opportunities were still extremely valuable where she connected with others working in community programs just like herself, sharing ideas and devising solutions to table top exercises in as a team. Michelle completed the month long leadership training on March 11, 2021 and earned a Certificate of Leadership from the Young Africans Leadership Initiative.

Michelle has already put the content to use as she is busy working on a new program (that she already gave a name to!) with our Founder for just Form 4 girls (Graduating High School Seniors) in our Shining Scholars and Girls Empowerment, as well as helping to build a plan on expanding our Maridadi Skills even further. Stay tuned for more information over the summer- we were in the early stages of stakeholder focus groups before the newest COVID lockdown.

Join us in congratulating Michelle on this important achievement of Young African’s Leadership Initiative Training Institute! Congratulations Michelle! You continue to light the path for the girls behind you!

We would like to thank the Friends of The Angaza Project for their continued support of our programs around the world. Your support helped provide the internet data needed for this Leadership Training to take place since it was moved to online this year due to COVID-19. Usually, it is offered in person, daily, at the Regional Training Center in Nairobi, but due to the pandemic, it was moved to online. It was not possible to provide internet data to 4,000 individuals so each was responsible to provide their own data/device for attending the online sessions. The internet is different in this region of the world whereby one must pay by use of data. While there are "monthly" plans that are advantageous for something like this training, it still only comes with a certain larger amount of data, it is not unlimited. Thank you for your support in providing this important opportunity that allows a young woman to keep impacting her community! Asante Sana- Thank you!


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