YYAS in Ghana and Ethiopia August 2014

  • These seven African Yale students had the original vision for the program
  • Ian Shapiro, Yale Professor of Political Science, spoke to the students about democracy and distribution
  • EducationUSA held a college admissions session follwed by a lively Q&A
  • Emmanuel Alex Asiedu, former Yale World Fellow, guest lectured in Ghana
  • Rachel Adams, Associate Director for Africa at Yale, led a session on strengths
  • Local practitioner and educational instructor, Daniel Asres, spoke about leadership
  • Following his talk, Ambassador Brigety, Representative of the USA to the African Union, posed with students in Ethiopia
  • Current Yalies discussed their college experience and offered guidance on the US college application process
  • The Yale student instructors led a number of elective seminars
  • They also led project groups and offered guidance for group presentations
  • Students met during their free time to work on their project presentations
  • They presented with their groups on the last day
  • Following project presentations, each student received a certificate of completion
  • The talent show on the last night was great fun for everyone!
  • Fast friendships were established amongst the students
  • The Yale Young African Scholars Alumni Network now has 100 members!
November 19, 2014

Run by the Yale Young Global Scholars program and the Office of International Affairs in close partnership with the MacMillan Center and a team of African Yale students, the Yale Young African Scholars program (YYAS) is a residential program that prepares high-achieving high school students from across the African continent for applying to and studying at U.S. universities such as Yale. The program features a rigorous academic curriculum with lectures and seminars taught by Yale faculty and students, leadership training, and college preparation workshops.

After outstanding experiences in Ghana and Ethiopia, the program is going to Kenya and Zimbabwe next summer in order to reach even more students. In addition, in an effort to attract a geographically diverse group of students next year, YYAS will offer a limited number of travel grants for admitted students to offset the costs of airfare between African countries.  The program also will add an extra instructional day, from five days in 2014 to six days, allowing students more time to prepare for assignments and socialize with their peers.

For more information about the Yale Young African Scholars Program, visit globalscholars.yale.edu/Africa.