Applications for the 2017 Gap Year Intake Now Open 

Inquiries to be directed via e-mail to

About Akili Dada

Akili Dada is an international award-winning leadership incubator nurturing a generation of young African women from underprivileged backgrounds whose commitment to the underserved will transform their communities.  Our leadership development curriculum creates the foundation on which young women ages 13-35 build their skills and earn the essential qualifications they need to access key decision-making roles and leadership positions.  By selecting from and building the capacity of some of Africa’s most innovative young women change makers, we are meeting the urgent need for both more African women in leadership as well as the overall need for transformative leadership across the continent. For more information visit our website

About the Gap Year Program

Our Gap-Year Program recruits East African high school graduates to take part in a 9-month program that targets girls aged 17-20. The program is an opportunity for these girls to learn essential skills that would prepare them for transition to university and beyond. Through intensive skills development training, internship placement and community service engagement, the Gap Year provides a space for these girls to build their capacity as young women leaders. 

Components of the Gap-Year Program

  • University Preparation

We focus on the application for competitive fully funded scholarship opportunities abroad.

  •  Experiential Learning

The girls take part in internships, mentorship and community service as well as outdoor leadership academies that focus on servant leadership and minimalistic living.

  • Certificate/Skill Based Learning

We empower the girls to build their skills in IT in areas such as coding apps and games, hardware and robotics, social media skills, computational and logical thinking.

  • Extracurricular activities

We provide a space for our girls to form clubs that provide a platform for them to explore their talents in arts, dance, photography and sports.

  • Life Skills

With an experienced faculty, we prepare the Gap-year students to navigate their financial literacy, transformative leadership, design thinking, problem solving and critical thinking, communication, professional etiquette, sexual reproductive health rights, as well as entrepreneurship.



If you identify yourself as a self-determined student interested in making most of your Gap-year , complete and submit the application below. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted.

To be considered for the 2016 Gap Year Program, complete and submit the application form below


Date of Birth *
Date of Birth
e.g. Kenya High, Precious Blood, Mary Hill and Loreto Limuru
Grades for previous forms and terms
Indicate the Name, Mobile Number and Address.
Kindly complete the following questions (be as detailed as possible)
Why would you like to join the Akili Dada Gap Year Program? Please describe the skills you would like to acquire during your Gap Year. Also describe 2 things that you would like to achieve before your transition to university and indicate how you plan to achieve them.
What course would you like to pursue in University/College? Indicate whether or not you would like to pursue your university education outside Kenya.
Did you have any leadership role in high school? If yes, please describe one challenge that you faced as a leader and how you solved this challenge.
Please give an example of a successful community initiative/project that you were involved in and describe your role in this initiative.
Please describe your greatest achievements/strengths (outside academics) from your time in high school.

Completed applications can be submitted via our website or sent via e-mail to

If you choose to mail a hard copy to Akili Dada, use the following address:

Jennifer Maende,

Gap Year Program Lead,

Akili Dada P.O.Box 27847-00100 Nairobi-Kenya 

Due to the high volume of applications, only short listed candidates will be notified.