In the past, the Kenyan University student leader has been painted as a negative disruptor as opposed to agents of positive change in their Universities. The general public has the image of goons in their minds to the mention of this title marred with chaos and violence as their way of dispute resolution. A group of committed students after a training on effective leadership through the SLDP (Student Leaders Development program) by AYLF took the first step to change the narration that gave birth to University Student Leaders Awards Program.

The University Student Leaders Awards Program (USLA) is aimed at training and awarding exemplary student leaders as a way of instilling value-based leadership foundation as they start their leadership journey. We are rewriting the script by celebrating exceptional leadership.

The journey begins with nominations/Applications by the general public and submissions are sieved through. This is followed by two sets of Leadership training offered online or a workshop weekend. In line with the training, the participants’ projects are thoroughly vetted by a set of qualified and experienced judges.

Eliminations are done based on training and projects outcomes. The next step is where a team is set up and sent out to conduct the process of background checks and information of verification on the participants who qualify for the next step. This is done by visiting the nominees’ respective Universities and engaging with the students and university administration. Based on the data the reports from the team, a further sieving is done and the nominees are finally interviewed by a final panel of senior friends.

The panel of judges is tasked to pick 5 exceptional leaders based on high standard criteria, who will be awarded at the Awards Gala. We also recognize all the participants who have been part of the journey. The fact that they believed in our vision and consistently walked with us throughout this journey, is worth the celebration!