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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By 2020, over 50% of the working population in Sub-Saharan Africa will be youth aged 15-29.

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.


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.


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.”



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


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


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


Cross-Border Collaboration | Pay it Forward | Teacher Empowerment

If the only lives to benefit from the Leadership & Entrepreneurship Incubator Program were those that participated, it would be a true success. However, Pay it Forward initiatives developed by youth to benefit their peers, families and communities have led to a far greater impact. Projects like leadership and peer mentoring clubs, youth-based businesses, and community NGOs focused on social change, have resulted in the direct impact of over 180,000 people over past 7 years.

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.


After participation in our 2016 program, participants demonstrated increased knowledge in the areas of personal development, job readiness, and life skills. 98% of participants have a plan to achieve their dreams, and over 96% felt that the skills they gained through their participation will help them find jobs in their areas of interest. After the first year of LEI, 33% more youth felt that they had the skills needed to make money. Participants also showed impressive increased knowledge about health. After completing at least two years of LEI, 95% of students understand the importance of keeping their bodies healthy, avoiding unwanted pregnancies and STIs.

Read the 5-Year Impact Study


Leadership Clubs Started


Businesses Started


Community Based Organizations Founded


Schools Participating