YYAS helps African students navigate path to higher education abroad

In Rwanda, Yale student instructor Elizabeth Olatunji ’20 shows YYAS students how to access online university applications.

Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS), a flagship program of the Yale Africa Initiative, held sessions in Kigali, Rwanda July 29-Aug. 7, and in Accra, Ghana Aug. 11-20.

This year, the program, which aims to make higher education more accessible to Africa’s most talented student leaders, included a cohort of more than 300 students who were chosen from nearly 2,000 applicants from 34 African countries. The program is administered by Yale staff and more than 20 Yale undergraduate and graduate students — most of whom hail from the continent themselves — who serve as instructors and mentors to the participants by leading discussion on a variety of topics ranging from the arts and the humanities, social sciences, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).