Leadership & Entrepreneurship Incubator (LEI) Program

We work closely with our partner schools and community leaders to deliver 21st century skills to youth whom, without this program, would have little opportunity to overcome endemic barriers. Teaching our three-pronged approach—Job Readiness, Entrepreneurship Skills and Personal Development— equips our young people with tools they need to plan and achieve a successful future.

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UNTAPPED POTENTIAL

With an average unemployment rate exceeding 12%; youth face difficulties finding a job in the work force.

Employers and governments have identified key areas in which youth need 21st century skills to succeed. Those areas are life skills (leadership, work ethic, communication), job readiness (problem solving, team work), and entrepreneurship.

RETENTION & ADVANCEMENT

Asante Africa Foundation believes that students who are engaged learners will remain active in school and seek extra-curricular experiences.

As a result, we work closely with partner schools and our students’ communities to deliver 21st century skills to rural youth and support the advancement of their education.

3 YEAR PROGRAM

Upon completion of the 3 accelerating sessions, participants have the necessary skills to enter the job market and start their own businesses. Many also continue on to higher education in pursuit of their personal vision.

LEI supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically #8: “To promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”

SKILL BUILDING

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Leadership Club Formations
  • Goal Setting
  • Human Rights Awareness
  • Financial Literacy
  • Leadership Development

JOB READINESS

  • Internships
  • Resume & Interviewing
  • Industry Exploration
  • Project Planning
  • Professional Etiquette

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

  • Internships
  • Resume & Interviewing
  • Industry Exploration
  • Project Planning
  • Professional Etiquette

WHAT MAKES THE PROGRAM UNIQUE?

Cross-Border Collaboration | Pay it Forward | Teacher Empowerment

Pay-it-Forward initiatives developed by youth to benefit their peers, families, and communities have led to a far greater impact. Graduates from the Leadership and Entrepreneurship Incubator Program (LEI) remain active in community and civic engagement. Projects like leadership and peer mentoring clubs, youth-based businesses, and community NGOs focused on social change continue to grow every day throughout the East African region.

Cross-Border Collaboration

Each year the program is offered in alternating countries to broaden the students’ experiences. Many have never left their villages. LEI participants (from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) come together to learn, create business incubation opportunities, and interact with diverse East African leaders.

Teacher Empowerment

A certification program is planned for teachers, Heads of Schools and District Education Officers. Once LEI training is completed, teachers will have an additional tool kit to share valuable knowledge assets with their students, their fellow teachers

Knowledge Transfer/Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward programs are designed by youth to benefit their families, communities, and the world around them. Amazingly, the average ratio of participants to lives impacted is 1:221 over the three year program duration. Examples of Pay It Forward projects include: leadership clubs, youth based business, peer mentoring clubs and community NGOs.

IMPACT 

In 2019 alone, nearly 61,000 lives were impacted by our LEI Program. By utilizing the “learn-do-teach” model, participants impact their entire communities by sharing their knowledge with others, allowing a single participant to impact over 6,000 lives. The number of participants actively setting goals increased by 67% after the program. There was an increase of 61% in participants reporting that they had the confidence to lead others and a 75% increase in boys stating that they accepted girls as leaders.

Read the 5-Year Impact Study

37

Leadership Clubs Started

22

Businesses Started

5

Community Based Organizations Founded

48

Schools Participating