Five ALA students have been selected to join the prestigious Bezos Scholars Program, joining a cohort of exceptional students selected from across the United States for the year-long leadership program. Each year for the last nine years, five students and a faculty member from ALA have been selected as Bezos Scholars and Bezos Educators, as the only African school in the network.
The program, which kicks off with the annual Aspen Ideas Festival, is hosted by the Bezos Family Foundation as a platform to empower young leaders to design solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing their communities. The Scholars are selected for their demonstration of leadership skills, the willingness to embrace challenges and the desire to create positive change in their communities. ALA’s Bezos Scholars have subsequently organized the South African Ideas Festival (SAIF) in Johannesburg upon returning from the USA. To date the Bezos Scholars have organized 208 community change projects in the U.S and South Africa, drawing nearly 40,000 attendees.
Meet the ALA students and educator who a part of the 2019 Bezos Scholars Program: