Citizen journalism and online activism are critical to building a more prosperous and peaceful Africa where the young generation can interact, discuss and make their voices heard together.

In this light, in 2015 YaLa Africa teamed up with YaLa Young Leaders and joined its ground-breaking new online citizen journalism program. Launched in 2014 with the support U.S. Institute of Peace, a first group of 100 young online activists from all over the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) learned together how to effectively express themselves on the events and issues important to them. To showcase the pieces they have created, tell their stories, and express their fears and hopes, the participants have created together the YaLa Press platform. Building upon and scaling up this unique program, the Aileen Getty School of Citizen Journalism was inaugurated in 2015 and was joined by YaLa Africa to train and connect hundreds more young women and men from all over the Middle East and Africa. For more information and to apply: http://bit.ly/1mArHyC.

In 2015, The Aileen Getty School of Citizen welcomed its first 20 African students, in partnership with the Akilah Institute for Women in Kigali, Rwanda. Today, young Africans activists from all over the continent are taking part in this unique online school. The YaLa Africa Press platform is dedicated to them and to raising their voices.

YaLa Africa is the first online, Facebook-based movement dedicated to the empowerment of youth across the African continent. With 160,000 members from over 20 African nations, YaLa Africa provides a platform for dialogue, cooperation and collective action on issues facing African youth, like health and HIV/AIDS, gender equality, nutrition, economic development, and cultural expression, among others. Through this regional collaboration, and shaped by their drive, education and creativity, African youth are increasingly better equipped to deal with the unique challenges facing their continent in the 21st century.