Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) has officially opened its application for the upcoming 2022 program. Building off of the success of the online programs from 2020 and 2021, YYAS will return once again in the virtual space to offer a week-long program focusing on education access, academic enrichment, and leadership. The program will take place from 20th July to 26th July 2022.
YYAS is designed to bring together high-achieving and socially-minded secondary students from across the African continent. Admitted students can expect seven days of university-style seminars, career guidance, and networking amongst an impressive and diverse cohort of peers. The live sessions will take place on various online video conferencing platforms to allow virtual “face to face” interactions and collaboration between participants, instructors, and special guests.
The 2021 program saw an inspiring cohort of 377 students from 37 African countries. Highlights included seminars led by university graduate and undergraduate students on topics like How Science Works: An Intro to Clinical Trials and The Politics of Tourism in Africa. Students also participated in a University Admissions Fair where they learned about the college application and financial aid process from 20 unique higher education institutions across the globe.
“I knew I would be amazed by the YYAS program, but it really beat my expectations. During a period where I was stuck at home, it gave me joy, hope, comfort, and laughter from a community full of like-minded peers who are passionate about creating sustainable change in Africa. YYAS has awakened something inside of me, making me realize that there is so much more that I am capable of. I am encouraged now to continue to develop my leadership and problem-solving skills to offer solutions to my community and country.” - A YYAS 2021 Online Participant
YYAS is a proud member of the HALI Access Network and gives admissions preference to high-achieving, low-income (i.e. “HALI”) students who do not have university guidance in their schools or communities. To increase accessibility, there is no tuition cost for any student.
To apply, students must submit an online application that includes one essay and two short-answer prompts. Students must also upload an official school transcript or grade report as well as provide the contact information for one teacher who knows them well enough to fill out an online recommendation form.
Application Deadline: 03 February 2022 at 11:59pm EST.