Pan African Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP) Alumni All-Stars Program 2023 for Young African Leaders

Registration deadline: October 1, 2022

Funded by the U.S. Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and implemented by International Meridian Center, the Pan African Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP) engages participants from more than 38 countries in Africa in a U.S.-based cultural exchange and civic engagement training program.

To bring together the best PAYLP Alumni and Mentors from all cohorts and countries combined, the Pan-African Youth Leadership Program offers a unique program. This PAYLP All-Stars The program is designed to offer talented, hardworking, and highly motivated PAYLP alumni the opportunity to spend three weeks in the United States for an intensive leadership training and development program between February and March 2023.

The program consists of a short orientation conference in Atlanta, Georgia, where participants will be welcomed and given an overview of the program, followed by a two-week community leadership program held in one of three US cities. During this part of the program, participants will receive leadership training, networking and volunteer opportunities, and cultural experiences. The program will conclude with a closing forum in Washington, DC, where participants will present community action plans. At the end of the program, participants will have the opportunity to apply for funding to implement their community action plan. This year’s PAYLP All-Stars will focus on the following skills:

  • Leadership Development
  • Communication and negotiation skills
  • Peacebuilding and conflict resolution
  • Community activism

Eligibility criteria

  • Be an adult mentor or youth participant of any 2013-2022 in-person or virtual PAYLP cohort.
  • Be at least 18 years of age or older at the start of the program, February 18, 2023.
  • Be from one of the eligible countries including Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal , Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia.
  • Demonstrate strong leadership qualities in their university or community;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community service and extracurricular activities;
  • Be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and curious;
  • Be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive in-person program, community service, and active educational travel program during the exchange, as well as follow-up activities afterwards in their home country, such than outreach to others in the country cohort.
  • Based in home country or showing intent to return to support home community.
  • Be in possession of a valid national passport or be able to obtain one before January 1, 2023.
  • Be willing and able to obtain a covid vaccination to travel.
  • Strong applicants will be active in the PAYLP network, have completed a successful project supporting their community.
  • Not be employed by the US Embassy.
  • *Participants with diverse backgrounds and skills are encouraged to apply, including those with disabilities.*


  • WHAT: 3-week Advanced Leadership Exchange in the United States
  • WHEN: February – March 2023
  • WHO: PAYLP Alumni


  • Application opens: September 1, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. ET
  • Applications close: October 1, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. ET
  • The application must be submitted via our Formsite link:

For more information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the PAYLP Alumni All-Stars Program 2023

Kevin E. Boling