- Age: Youths, ages 16 – 21.
- Education: First and second year undergraduate students
- Selection Process: Written applications and oral interviews
- Applications open in June and close on September 30 annually
- Orientation of selected applicants begins on November 1
- Induction: November 24
- ELP programs are free of charge to successful applicants.
Each year, ELP kicks off with a Foundation Conference. The conference is designed to broaden the horizons of the emerging leaders, help them set personal and community development goals, as well as dream big. Conference is free for Emerging Leaders including transport, accommodation, meals and conference materials.
In June, Emerging Leaders gather to discuss the progress of their personal development goals and community development projects. Mentors provide feedback as well as offer encouragement and counseling.
As part of the three-year ELP, each emerging leader is required to initiate a Community Development Project. The aim is to immerse these future political leaders into the various problems our communities are facing early in life, help them find solutions to specific community problems, develop cutting edge problem solving and project management skills through these projects, imbibe enduring community spirit and cherish hard work as the only true path to success in a hopelessly corrupt country. From novel farming ideas to recycling ventures. From encouraging dropouts to remain in school to promoting ethics in schools.
In between conferences and summits, Emerging Leaders read recommended inspirational books. The aim is to enhance Emerging Leaders ethics, excellence in leadership and innovative spirit. Mentors recommend books and read along with Emerging Leaders. Some of the books read include: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Steven Covey), You Don’t Need a Title to be A Leader (Mark Sanborn), History of Nigeria (Richard Bourne), etc. Books are provided free of charge to Emerging Leaders.
CSAAEINC recognizes the need for visual learning among young adults. The film viewing provides inspirational films which help to reinforce mentees’ social and moral sense, team work capabilities and innovative spirit. Some of the films include The History of Nigeria, The Men Who Built America, etc. Movies are provided free of charge to Emerging Leaders.
Each emerging leader has a U.S.-based mentor who provides direction. The mentors offer advice, guidance and become listening hearts for the many issues affecting each student. Mentors communicate with Emerging Leaders over the phone, by email, WhatsApp and other social media platforms
To enable Emerging Leaders complete college, CSAAEINC offers scholarships, computers and other learning tools to eligible Emerging Leaders. Scholarship can be for four years, one year or one semester. To receive scholarship or any learning tool, emerging leader must be in good standing with CSAAEINC. This including passing exams, behaving well on campus and complying with all ELP trainings. With With N100,000.00 annually, one can establish a Scholarship foundation in his or her name or in the name of his or her loved one. One of the scholarship recipient, Francisca Ekwuonu is a Medical Laboratory Major at the University of Jos. She was awarded the Four year Nwanyioma-Di-Na-Mba Scholarship.
During vacations, strikes and the period of time prior to youth service, Emerging Leaders are placed on internships (home or abroad) to gain practical knowledge from leaders with demonstrated knowledge, experience and virtues. Some Emerging Leaders that have benefitted from this include, Nancy Uzor, Charles Chibuike, Pantaleon Uwaleme, Michelle Nwagha, etc.