Applications for the Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) Program 2024 are open now. Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) is a rigorous academic and enrichment program aimed at African secondary school students who want to become young leaders on the continent and want to continue higher education.

Application Deadline: January 25, 2024

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Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) Program 2024 (Travel Grants available)

Participants in Yale Young African Scholars will improve their academic performance, get advice on college applications and possible career paths, and become part of a network of young African leaders. Students will be matched with mentors who will guide them through the university admissions process after the program.

Throughout the program, when YYAS takes place online or in residence, participants will utilize various online platforms, including Zoom, to engage in seminars, lectures, and conversations. All relevant program information will be communicated directly to admitted participants.

During the program, participants will hold seminars, lectures, and chats using a variety of online platforms, such as Zoom, whether YYAS is conducted in-person or virtually. Participants who have been accepted will receive direct communication with all pertinent program details.

As a proud member of the HALI access network, Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) continues to receive support from the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale. YYAS is still run by its sibling program, Yale Young Global Scholars (YYAS), after which it was modeled.

Program Details for Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) Program 2024

  • YYAS plans to provide both a residential program and an online program starting in 2024. Participation in either program is free of charge.
  • YYAS Workshop (online): Students from all African nations are welcome to apply for admission, which is limited to 200 participants. For the duration of the program, students must be able to access Zoom and Canvas on their own computer, tablet, or mobile phone with dependable internet.

The program’s main objectives are to assist students in exploring their career options, getting ready for college applications, and navigating the transition from high school to college. YYAS features rigorous attendance requirements, where students are not allowed to miss even a single day of the program due to its short duration.
A PDF YYAS certificate of completion will be sent to students who complete the program, which they can use on their college and university applications. The complete YYAS workshop is available online and entirely free.

  • Admission to the YYAS Summit (residential in Zimbabwe) will be available to -120 students from all over Africa. For ten (10) days, students will live on a residential school campus in Zimbabwe. The program will cover leadership, innovation, creativity, and 21st-century skills in addition to the same college readiness subjects covered in the online seminars.

YYAS features rigorous attendance requirements, where students are not allowed to miss even a single day of the program due to its short duration. Upon program completion, students will receive a YYAS certificate of completion in PDF format, which they can include on their college and university applications. In addition to offering free housing, meals, and all academic curriculum materials, the YYAS Summit has no tuition.

Travel and Travel Grants for the Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) Program 2024

All students must be able to travel to and from Zimbabwe for the YYAS Summit (which is a residential event), and they must arrange for, pay for, and raise the necessary funds for any necessary travel documents (passport, travel visa, etc.).

There are a restricted number of need-based travel grants available for students who are accepted and reside outside of Zimbabwe with regard to transportation (such as flights). Every application will be automatically evaluated for eligibility for a travel grant, and details regarding accepting or declining an offer of admission for the YYAS Summit will be included with each offer of admission.

If a student is not awarded a travel grant, they still need to arrange, pay for, or collect money for their transportation to and from Zimbabwe.

Eligibility Criteria 

To be eligible to apply to YYAS, candidates must meet each of the following criteria:

  • Age: To be eligible, you must be between the ages of 14 and 18 on July 18, 2024 (i.e., born between July 19, 2005, and July 18, 2010). Please be aware that the average YYAS student is in the 16–17 age range.
  • English: You have to be able to engage in a demanding academic program taught in this language.
  • Citizenship: You have to be an African national or a long-term resident of one of those nations. Applications from refugees residing in an African nation will also be accepted by YYAS.
  • Location of the school: you have to be enrolled in an African nation at the moment.
  • Grade Level: You must be enrolled in the tenth or eleventh grade right now, or the equivalent in another language.
  • Date of graduation: students enrolled in Northern Hemisphere schools must complete their secondary education by May or June of 2026 at the latest. You must graduate from secondary school by November or December 2024, if you attend school in the Southern Hemisphere, and by November or December 2025 at the latest.

You are not eligible to apply if you are a university student, are in your final year or term of secondary school, or have already graduated from secondary school.

You are not permitted to apply for YYAS again if you are a YYAS or YYGS alumnus. If you are a YYAS alumnus, you may apply to YYGS if you are qualified.

Application

They are providing kids with two options this summer:

  • YYAS College Prep Workshop: six virtual days of instruction July 18–23, 2024.
  • The 10-day residential YYAS Leadership Summit takes place in Zimbabwe. August 9–18, 2024.

Students will improve their academic abilities, get guidance with financial aid applications, and get advice on university admissions during YYAS. When the program is over, each student will be matched with a mentor who will assist with university applications.

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