Online Learning Opportunities at YALI Network – Register for Free MOOC Courses & Get Certified!

Online Learning Opportunities at YALI Network – Register for Free MOOC Courses & Get Certified!

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network has opened up new online learning opportunities for young people. The YALI Network provides virtual resources and vibrant physical spaces to equip young African leaders with the skills and connections they need to foster change in their communities and their countries.

Established by the President in April 2014, the Network already includes more than 68,000 members. Using and social media, the United States provides online courses and materials, and connects members with global leaders in their field. Over the next year, President Obama will continue to engage the YALI Network through virtual town halls.

Virtual training, tools, and technology for the YALI Network

The Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)  – give anyone with Internet access the opportunity to take top-rated university courses for free. The list below is a collection of MOOCs specifically curated for the YALI Network. The topics range from business and entrepreneurship to civic leadership and public management. By clicking on a course title, you will be directed to the third-party site that hosts that MOOC. On that site, you can enroll for the MOOC and even earn more certificates!

YALI Network members will have access to an array of online courses and training materials, along with virtual mentoring and networking opportunities.

  1. Over 20 Curated MOOCs and 60 facilitated MOOC Camps: YALI Network members are able to access more than 20 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and will be offered 60 facilitated courses in MOOC Camps in YALI Spaces across the continent over the coming year.
  2. Tailored web training videos: The YALI Network platform will also provide access to tailor-made training videos on leadership, business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management featuring U.S. university professors and experts in their field. The training videos provide tips on everything from creating a business model to developing public-private partnerships, with supplementary guides with discussion questions and developmental actions.
  3. Meetups – the ability to connect at home and in person: The YALI Network website will provide members with a “Meetup” option, which enables members to connect, network and even collaborate on new initiatives.

MOOCs: The YALI Network Collection


  • Managing your Time, Money and Career: MBA Insights for Undergraduates: University of California, Irvine, August 4-September 8, 2014
  • Social Entrepreneurship: The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, September 8-October 24, 2014
  • Surviving Disruptive Technologies: University of Maryland, September 29-November 17, 2014
  • What’s Your Big Idea: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, October 6-November 17, 2014
  • Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies: Case Western Reserve University, October 3-November 21, 2014
  • Entrepreneurship and Healthcare in Emerging Economies: HarvardX, October 30-January 1, 2015
  • How to Build a Start Up: Udacity, 1 month (work at your own pace)
  • Intro to the Design of Everyday Things: Udacity, 2 weeks (work at your own pace)
  • U.Lab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self: MITx, September 24-November 5, 2014


  • Introduction to Sustainability: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 25-October 19, 2014
  • Making Better Group Decisions: Voting, Judgement Aggregation and Fair Division: University of Maryland, August 25-October 25, 2014
  • Organizational Analysis: Stanford, No scheduled dates
  • Training and Learning Programs for Volunteer Community Health Workers: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, October 20-December 8, 2014
  • Networks, Crowds and Markets: CornellX, 10 weeks (work at your own pace)
  • Content Strategy for Professionals: Engaging Audiences for Your Organization: Northwestern University, No scheduled dates


  • Understanding Violence: Emory University, August 18-September 22, 2014
  • Human Trafficking: The Ohio State University, August 20-September 17, 2014
  • Designing Cities: Penn Design, University of Pennsylvania, September 14-December 6, 2014
  • Energy Subsidy Reform: International Monetary Fund, October 1, 2014 (two-week course)
  • Globalization’s Winners and Losers: Challenges for Developed and Developing Countries: Georgetown X, Georgetown University, October 7, 2014 (seven-week course)
  • Improving Global Health: Focusing on Quality and Safety: Harvard X, Harvard University, eight-week course

Additional Courses

  • Introduction to Computational Arts
  • Introduction to Power Electronics
  • An Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Programming for Everybody (Python)
  • Computer Science 101
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Intro to Java Programming
  • HTML & CSS
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • PHP
  • Python
  • Ruby

How to Register

There are only 3 Steps to Online Learning:

  1. Register for a YALI Network account.
  2. Complete one of the YALI Network courses below by watching, listening to or reading the three lectures associated with each course.
  3. Earn a YALI Network Certificate by passing the quizzes after each lecture and the test after each course.

For more information about online learning opportunities, visit The YALI Network Collection of MOOCs.