Two Year Pre-University Program

 A two year pre-university program based on the Cambridge A Levels and ALA’s unique curricula in Entrepreneurial Leadership, African Studies and Writing and Rhetoric.

ALA identifies young leaders between the ages of 16 and 19 from across the continent with demonstrated leadership potential, a passion for Africa,  entrepreneurial spirit, and a track record of community service. After graduating, ALA continues to cultivate these leaders throughout their lives, in university and beyond, supporting their growth through access to internships and careers and connecting them to high-impact networks of people and capital that will empower them to create transformative change.

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Global Scholars Program (GSP)

A three-week, global leadership summer program for teens aged 15-19.

Built around ALA’s unique Entrepreneurial Leadership and African Studies curriculum, GSP prepares future leaders to explore their potential to create widespread change in Africa and around the world. Participants practice leadership by working in social ventures in the Johannesburg community, learn from chats with prominent entrepreneurial leaders in South Africa, build a global network with other young leaders from around the world, and discover the history, beauty, and diversity of Africa.

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Catalyst Term

A study abroad experience for secondary students from around the world to develop as social innovators.

Catalyst Term participants join ALA's community of over 200 young African leaders and its international faculty at ALA’s boarding school in Johannesburg, South Africa. Through immersion in ALA’s Entrepreneurial Leadership curriculum and studying side-by-side with ALA’s young leaders, Catalyst Term participants develop as Catalysts for social change.

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Model African Union

A conference designed to provide young leaders with an opportunity to explore the inner workings of the African Union, and to practice international diplomacy by assuming the roles of African leaders.

MAU is a five day conference affording young leaders from secondary schools around the world the opportunity to resolve, in five days of intense brainstorming and negotiations, some of the longest-running and most complicated issues on the continent.

The conference experience is not limited to committee sessions; through keynote presentations by African Union officials and foreign policy experts, a diplomatic roundtable featuring ambassadors from several countries, educational tours to historic sites, and a celebration of cultural diversity through the Cultural Night, delegates experience a highly intellectual, educative, and exciting conference.

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Anzisha Prize

Africa's premier award for young entrepreneurs aged 15-22, who have started and are actively running innovative social ventures or for-profit businesses with potential.

The Anzisha Prize seeks to award young entrepreneurs who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to social challenges or started successful businesses within their communities. 12 finalists from across Africa will win an all-expenses paid trip to South Africa to be a part of a week-long entrepreneurship workshop and conference at the African Leadership Academy. The grand prize winners, selected from these finalists, will share prizes worth $75,000 USD.

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Africa Careers Network

Africa Careers Network (ACN) is a platform that connects young African talent from ALA and the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program to high-impact internship and job opportunities across the African continent.

ACN seeks to build relationships with a wide range of organizations that offer meaningful professional development opportunities to its young leaders in the form of internships and careers. ACN users form a community of talented young people who are committed to contributing to the overall development of the African continent.

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