African Pathfinder Leaders Initiative (APLI) is a youth development organization started in 2018 to build bridges of opportunity to ensure that youth have access to skills, resources and networks to achieve their personal goals and actively contribute to development in their communities and beyond.
Certain industries are flooded graduates than workplaces can absorb, whilst other expected skills and competencies remain mismatched to the taught knowledge of a bachelor’s degree.
The latter seeks to exploit opportunities, to test innovations, to gain access to market, and build a solid brand. These goals consume young entrepreneurs for much of their early journey.
Entrepreneurs are habitually prone to an overreliance on external capital, inflating market size, neglecting customer relationships and key partners outside of government.
APLI’s value proposition is to merge the approaches of the aforementioned problem statements. While acknowledging that youth gain technical expertise and knowledge from their informal settings, educational institutions and workplaces, APLI supplements these with comprehensive personal and professional development programmes. These programmes are conscious of the holistic individual, mindful of their aspirations and the context they live and work in.