Our work is based on the needs of young people and the continent. LEAP Africa’s leadership programmes contribute to aspects of Vision 2063 as well as SDG goals 4, 8, 10, 16 and 17. Our programmes fill important gaps in education to improve learning outcomes for students through our leadership and life skills curriculum; contributes to economic development and reduces unemployment through our social innovators programme and support systems that help young people transition from school to work; contributes to reducing inequalities by targeting girls and youth from marginalised communities; raises ethical standards by demanding civic participation in governance and works in partnership with government ministries, development partners, teachers, school administrators, academics as well as policy actors and practitioners.

LEAP has a rich history working with established entrepreneurs through the CEOs Forum, providing ethics trainings, and supporting business leaders.  Beyond its programmatic activities, building ecosystems and youth advocacy, the organization is known for thought leadership in business sustainability and youth development and has published 11 books to date. These are toolkits and guides on a range of topics such as ethics, governance, talent management, succession planning to corporate culture.


iLEAD is a multi-dimensional programme through which LEAP engages teachers, school administrators and graduates to equip underserved youth in public secondary schools with leadership and life skills, employability and entrepreneurship skills. LEAP runs two models; iLEAD Programme and iLEAD Fellowship to improve learning outcomes, raise aspirations of youth and prepare talent for the development sector.

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LEAD The Way

LEAD The Way (LTW) is a programme for teenagers between the ages of 13-18 which empowers them to understand and achieve their full leadership potential. The programme brings teenagers out of their comfort zone and provides them with the opportunity to examine their core values, beliefs and to move collectively towards creating change not just for themselves but for others within the community.

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Social Innovators Programme & Awards

The Social Innovators Programme & Awards (SIPA) is an accelerator fellowship that empowers young changemakers to deliver more impact and build sustainable social enterprises. It is an offshoot of LEAP’s Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Award (ANYLA) which since 2004 has been a platform for recognizing the efforts of outstanding young Nigerians, who have distinguished themselves by making a positive impact in community development. SIPA supports the growth of innovative youth-led social enterprises and opportunities to the global community of social innovators.

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Youth Leadership Programme

The Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) seeks to empower, equip and support young change leaders, who are at the forefront of providing effective and innovative social change solutions, with the skills, knowledge and support system required for them to build sustainable organizations.

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LEAP supports SMEs, MSME and aspiring young entrepreneurs to establish enduring organizations. It has collaborated with organizations such as the Bank of Industry and Technoserve to deliver entrepreneurial training towards creating bankable enterprises and reducing youth unemployment.

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Transformative Leadership Program

Transformative Leadership Program is designed to equip teachers administrators with the knowledge, confidence and skills required to model leadership and effectively support the leadership development of the students at the secondary level.

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