Higherlife Foundation


The Yale Young African Scholars Program is pleased to announce a new partnership with Higherlife Foundation (HLF) to train and mentor the next generation of African student leaders.  

About Higherlife Foundation:
Higherlife Foundation is a philanthropic organization that empowers African children through educationHLF invests in holistic community development in Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Burundi and South Africa providing a mix of programs that are aimed at making beneficiaries and communities more resilient and converting them into vibrant ecosystems. Emphasis is placed on fully understanding local community needs and developing strong relationships with different stakeholders through lobby and advocacy in order to offer the best inclusive development assistance which yields optimum impact and social change. For information about HLF, visit http://higherlifefoundation.com/.

About the HLF & YYAS partnership:
A signature program of Yale’s Africa Initiative, YYAS brings together Yale undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff to three African countries each summer, where they will collaborate with local teachers and other partners to inspire talented high school students to set their sights on studying at universities in the United States.

YYAS will be made possible through the generous support of Higherlife Foundation, founded by Zimbabwean-born entrepreneurs and philanthropists Strive and Tsitsi Masiyiwa to promote basic education among thousands of disadvantaged children and to support young talent development by offering scholarships to gifted students across the African continent.

Higherlife Foundation’s gift will help support an expanded YYAS program for 300 high school students in three countries, for each of the next three years.  The 900 students will become part of a robust mentorship network in which they are paired with local organizations as well as U.S.-based college students from Yale and peer schools, who will help advise them throughout their American college application process. 

In addition, Yale Undergraduate Admissions will help organize workshops for high school teachers and counselors in all three African countries each year, with the aim to place resources and further support for YYAS alumni and other students in-house at the secondary schools they attend regularly.