Leadership Africa is a new professional and civic leadership program designed for members of the African Diaspora living and working in the greater Denver/Aurora area. The program encourages participants to take on greater community and professional leadership roles by creating a valuable opportunity for gaining critical leadership skills, building self-awareness, personal development and professional growth, and learning about local systems and institutions. The program philosophy and curriculum draw on recognized best practices in leadership development, as well as strengths inherent in traditional cultures and the adaptability and resilience of African immigrant communities.
We strongly believe that the most profound way to drive change in our communities, cities, and country is to build the kinds of leaders and advocates who can represent the African diaspora at every table. We provide many ways for community members to take on leadership roles, including through volunteering with our various initiatives, advocating with elected officials and political decision-makers, and through targeted training programs.
Recent leadership activities and programs include:
- Encouraging and supporting community members to speak to the Denver Public School Board regarding transparency around school evaluation practices.
- Rolling out the 5th cohort of our Public Speaking Class, a 12 week program that trains participants to become confident and powerful public speakers.
ALG Public Speaking Class
The Public Speaking Class is a rigorous 12 week program, with classes held weekly every Tuesday evening. Coursework includes reading, discussion, and ongoing opportunities to practice speaking in front of a group for feedback and active learning.
The course is taught by Madiama Mbaye, a successful teacher, entrepreneur, community volunteer, and local business owner who has a passion for inspiring others to find their voice. Madiama is originally from Senegal, and speaks 4 different languages.