After an outstanding summer in Rwanda, Ghana, and Zimbabwe, the Yale Young African Scholars program (YYAS) welcomed 300 of Africa’s most talented high school students to its growing alumni network. The 2016 cohort represented 25 African countries and brought together students from various socio-economic backgrounds. YYAS is an academic and leadership program that seeks to provide the next generation of Africa’s leaders with the skills and mentorship needed to navigate the U.S. college admissions process. The program is made possible through a partnership with the HigherLife Foundation, and run in close collaboration with the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area studies at Yale. YYAS is the flagship student program of the Yale Africa Initiative.