Africa – PLUS Leadership Development and Mentorship

The Pan-African League for University Students (PLUS) Leadership Development and Mentorship project aims to empower young people in Africa with people-centred leadership skills. It was initiated by the Justice and Ecology Network of Africa (JENA) of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar.

A student leader in the Purpose-Driven Leadership Development program.

The PLUS Leadership project is built on experience gained from a pilot program that ran from 2017–18 in Zambia, at the Jesuit Leadership Centre of Copperbelt University. That program was called Purpose-Driven Leadership Development. Fifty university students participated in training workshops to develop their personal and professional skills as future business, government and civil society leaders. The workshops aimed to enhance the young people’s sense of purpose, service, ethics and responsibility to lead.

With headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, PLUS Leadership Development and Mentorship now aims to expand youth leadership development to other African countries. The program is based on learning from the pilot project in Zambia and on research indicating that today’s best leaders are spiritually and emotionally intelligent, purpose-driven, passionate and authentic.

In its first phase, the Leadership Development and Mentorship project will:

  • Train 15 university chaplains to provide PLUS leadership skills and support
  • Develop the leadership capacity of 40 African university students in a Training of Trainers (ToT) program
  • Hold an international roundtable conference of 250 African youth


JENA PLUS Leadership Project Director: Fr Charles Chilufya SJ

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(Banner photo: Some of the 50 students in the Purpose-Driven Leadership Development program at Copperbelt University in Zambia)