The Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) is a new initiative modeled after the Yale Young Global Scholars Program, intended solely for African secondary school students on the continent. The high-intensity six-day program is designed for African students who have the talent, drive, energy, and ideas to make meaningful impacts as young leaders, even before they begin their university studies. The program helps students recognize and understand global issues, strategize responses, and innovate solutions while learning from current Yale faculty and African undergraduate and graduate students. These skills are further utilized in small workshops designed to prepare students for the demanding application processes of U.S. colleges and universities. YYAS successfully launched in Ghana and Ethiopia in August 2014 and in Rwanda and Zimbabwe in August 2015. In August 2016, YYAS took place in Ghana, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe.