Young Political Leadership School Africa Cohort 8 Registration ongoing

Don't miss your chance to apply. The Young Political leadership School Africa, cohort 8 applications is ongoing.
The program will welcome 100 emerging African leaders (18-35years) to Monrovia, Liberia in September 2021.
The program will focus on the following: Leadership Development, Campaign Planning, Gender and Governance, Election Management, Administrative Accountability and Local Governance.

Since April 2016, 630 young politicians and activists from across Africa have participated in the program and making a tremendous impact.

By applying for the YPLS Africa program, you will gain five days of access to inspiring, educative and interactive training sessions, breakfast and lunch each day, and access to our professional networking reception.


The YPLS Africa is an annual Political Leadership and Campaign Training Program for Emerging African Leaders. At the YPLS Africa, fellows engage in a series of theoretical and interactive exercises to develop their knowledge and skills to play greater leadership roles in political affairs.


The program convenes young politicians and youth activists with a passion for supporting good governance, policy advocacy, fostering transparency in government, and mobilizing their communities to ensure that government officials are accountable to the people. Participants network with like-minded peers to acquire the skills they need to play an active role in the political and governance processes in their respective countries.

The YPLS Africa is a great platform to democratically transform the African continent and improve democratic governance through well-experienced, accountable, accessible, and responsive young African leaders. More details about the program can be found here.



Over the course of one year, fellows engage in a series of theoretical and interactive exercises designed to develop their knowledge and political leadership skills. Our program includes the following:


One-Week Professional Development Training: Fellows participate in a week-long training to enhance their skills in planning, organizing, and implementing political campaign events, strengthen their leadership, management, communication, and networking skills, etc. Fellows explore program themes through role-plays, stimulations session, group exercises, mock campaign events etc.  


Practicum (Leadership and Civic Engagement Events): Fellows participate in three months civic engagement events in their respective countries or communities, host policy debates and town hall meetings with stakeholders on electoral reform or campaign management. Fellows also participate in grassroots campaign events during electoral periods in their countries.


Mentorship and Internship: Fellows are placed at strategic national institutions to enhance their capacity and to learn by doing. They are supported to engage in various community organizing events and professional programs during the period of additional three months, mostly for female fellows based in Liberia. 


YPLS Africa, cross boundaries and breaks political barriers that affect young people’s political participation and help them claim their economic, political, social, and leadership rights. This is an opportunity for you to be the positive change maker you have desired. At the YPLS Africa, we don’t discriminate against fellows based on race, color, ethnic backgrounds, religion, or disability.