Recently, the Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS), an official program of Yale University, kicked off on the 29th of July 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda and will run until the 4th of October 2016.
The YYAS program is a high-intensity academic and leadership program designed for African secondary school students who have the talent, drive, energy, and ideas to make meaningful impact as young leaders, even before they begin their university studies.
The YYAS program seeks to make higher education in the United States more accessible to Africa’s most talented student leaders. Higherlife Foundation partnered with Yale in the YYAS program in 2015 and this partnership will give 900 students from Zimbabwe, Ghana and Rwanda access to universities in the U.S.A.
The program was started by a group of Yale African undergraduate students, who wanted to share their US college application experience with others on the continent. YYAS participants are self-starters who have an interest in attending university in the United States, and a demonstrated commitment to giving back to their communities.
It brings together students from across Africa in this seven-day, residential program and helps prepare them for the demanding application process of attending university in the United States. The program will also be held in Ghana from 9 to 15 August 2016 and in Zimbabwe from 20 to 26 August 2016.