Scholars Spotlight – Bonaventure Che

  We are pleased to announce that Bonaventure Che from our class of 2017 was one of the 100 young Africans selected for the Mandela Centennial Scholars Programme. About the Program African Leadership University (ALU) in partnership with the Graça Machel Trust and the Mandela Institute of Development Studies (MINDS) launched the Mandela Centennial Scholarship

Alumni Spotlight – Samiratu Ntohsi

In 2017, we reached out to you on behalf of one of our students, Samiratu Ntohsi who was selected to join the African Leadership University in Rwanda and thanks to your support, Samiratu moved to Rwanda in September 2017. A year on, we caught up with Samiratu and here is what she had to say about her

Scholars Blog – Glory Tiele Yenchek

Glory Yenchek from our 2017 class shares some highlights from her experience at the Yale Young Africa’s Scholars Program: Being selected and attending YYAS Rwanda 2018 has been an incredible experience. I have been greatly enriched educationally, politically and socially. In the educational domain we were given SAT tutorials and we had sessions on how

Umsizi Fund Matching Grant

In 2016, the Umsizi Fund pledged to match any donation of $15,000 made to Jumpstart Academy Africa which we successfully completed. We are pleased to announce that the Umsizi Fund has once again pledged to match any donation of $5000 made to Jumpstart Academy Africa for the next two years. For information on how to make a pledge,

Alumni Reunion

In May, we held our first ever Alumni Reunion, bringing together our scholars and alumni for a weekend of adventure, cultural immersion and professional development. Here are some highlights from the event.

Scholars Blog – Game Changers Challenge

After our first ever Game Changers Challenge event, some of our scholars had the following to say about their experience:   Yesterday was an unforgettable experience for me. Standing in front of the crowd and pitching my idea was awesome. I have done some presentations before, but this was a very new experience. I am

Highlights from the Game Changers Pitch Competition

Two weeks ago, we hosted the first ever Game Changers Challenge, a pitch competition which enables our scholars to tap into their innovative and entrepreneurial potential, collaborate with peers and launch exciting ideas. Our scholars were able to pitch their project ideas which tackled a range of issues from sanitation to the production of coconut oil,

Alumni Spotlight – Edna Mesue

We are pleased to announce that Edna Mesue, an alumna from our inaugural class who is currently employed with us as a Mentor Fellow has been offered admission into the Watson Institute’s Fall 2018 Semester Incubator in Boulder, Colorado.  Watson is a new learning model tailored for next generation innovators, leaders, and social entrepreneurs. We

Partnership with Game Changers!

We are pleased to announce a partnership with Game Changers, an annual summer challenge which boosts innovation among young Africans.  Starting this May, JumpStart Academy Africa will be hosting the Game Changers Challenge every summer. This will enable our scholars to pitch solutions to problems and win prizes/scholarships. We are excited about this partnership as it will