The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by the United States Government as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa seeks to empower young men and women between the ages of 18 and 35 from Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, The Gambia, Burkina Faso, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, who are ready to embrace leadership and work hard to transform their countries. The YALI Emerging Leaders Program teaches young African leaders about modern leadership. 

Emerging Leaders Program - Hybrid Cohort 1. The hybrid program combines both online and onsite sessions - participants start online for a number of weeks and continue onsite for another number of weeks. Participants are able interact both online and onsite. The program is divided into four phases - a coursework phase delivered online and onsite. The remaining 3 phases are distributed equally among a mentorship program, internship or community service, and a report-writing period.

Focusing on the coursework phase, it entails three core courses (Leadership and Accountability, Ethics, and Contemporary issues affecting Africa). This is done online. In the onsite, one elective course selected from a sample of three courses covering three themes, namely Entrepreneurship, Public Policy and Management, and Civil Society Management.