LEAP Africa offers the iLEAD programme (formerly YDTP) , aimed at transforming mindsets and equiping youth to be value creators and change agents. iLEAD aims to inspire, equip and challenge teachers to be role models of leadership to their students, provide a platform for secondary school youth to acquire skills which are critical to a meaningful and productive existence, stretch the students’ ambition by exposing them to a range of career opportunities and how to seize them and advance youth participation in nation building and community development through development of impactful change projects in their communities.
The iLEAD curriculum has three key focal areas necessary to equip youth for success:
Leadership and life skills – soft skills and attitudes critical to directing the course of life and engaging successfully with others
Entrepreneurship – commercial awareness and the foundational skills for operating an enterprise and managing finances
Employability/Career counselling – broadening the exposure of students to a wide range of career options.
ILEAD transforms teachers and then their students through a training-of-trainers (ToT) approach. LEAP equips and inspires public secondary school teachers to take the students through interactive class sessions, games and illustrative activities. It also allows flexibility in teaching styles and promotes student- led civic engagement through community change project.
Trainers are put through a one-week training of trainers (ToT) workshop with classroom simulations and mock facilitation to provide teachers with practice for curriculum delivery. They are assessed on content assimilation and challenged to develop games and activities that convey content of the iLEAD curriculum to students in a fun, practical way and mock facilitation.
LEAP manages the iLEAD through a community cluster structure. A community is loosely defined as a cluster of five (5) schools. Three teachers supported by one volunteer are trained to deliver the iLEAD curriculum per school. Each teacher is responsible for training 30 students. A community, therefore constitutes of five schools, 15 teachers, 15 corporate volunteers, 450 students and 15 change projects.