PROGRAM SUMMARY

Our core focus is ‘youth leadership development’ - so all the various programs we run in addition to the Leadership Academies, serve this focus by providing a practical “training ground” where graduates of the Leadership Academies can learn to serve and pass on to others what they have received.

Quick Program Links:

>> Cornerstone Leadership Academies

>> Cornerstone Old Students Association

>> Other Cornerstone Schools

>> Ekitangaala Ranch

>> Ekitangaala Community Development

>> Youth Corps - Mentoring Program

>> Africa Youth Leadership Forum

>> High School Leadership Development Initiative

>> Wolves Soccer Program

>> Future

 

Cornerstone Leadership Academy

Cornerstone Leadership Academies
These are "Advanced Level" boarding, high schools that aim at molding young people coming from poor backgrounds, but with high potential - into future leaders. Out of several hundred applicants each year 25 young men and 25 young women are selected from all over the country on the basis of leadership potential, financial need, academic potential and a willingness to study principles of leadership and character development.

In Uganda this level of High School covers two years so we have 100 students in these schools at a time. One of these Academies is in Rwanda - it’s a three year program and has both boys and girls in it.

A central aim of this program is to teach young future leaders from various religious backgrounds and different tribes – to learn to live together as brothers and sisters in the spirit of Jesus - despite their differences. And, then to help them advance a movement of 'men of integrity and women of virtue' that can work across these long standing divisions to build a more peaceful and prosperous society through out this region.

In addition to the academic studies the program involves a comprehensive discipleship program following the principles, precepts and person of Jesus.

After developing the model in Uganda, in recent years we have also started up Leadership Academies in Tanzania, Rwanda and South Sudan.

For more information, please visit:
www.CornerstoneSchoolsAfrica.org

Alumni program

Cornerstone Old Students Association
The schools are really just the beginning of a long-term relationship with these young people that continues on into University and beyond with a vision: To create a life long brotherhood & sisterhood of friends in the spirit of Jesus that will support each other in a movement of "men of integrity” and “women of virtue.” We have weekly meetings at their various colleges so as to maintain our relationship and commitment to the values we hold in common and an annual retreat for all our past graduates. We now have about 500 that have come up through the program since we began. So, this dream is steadily becoming a reality. Many are in positions of leadership at their respective colleges and the university. Others in more quiet ways are making a positive impact on those around them. The long term potential to positively influence society is increasingly becoming evident as we see the maturity and commitment exhibited in the lives of these future leaders who are working together to make a difference.

Youth Corps homes

Youth Corps homes
This is a program that provides loving homes for homeless street kids from both Muslim and Christian backgrounds. Currently we have 12 homes and each home has 10 - 20 kids. College students who have graduated from our Leadership Academies are involved in running the homes. The homes work with kids that are tired of the street life and are ready to change. The children get a place to sleep, a 'family' to belong to and are taught a better way to live – in line with the principles, precepts and person of Jesus. Most go to school. They also do community service work in thier neighborhoods. We have homes in Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, and Tanzania.

Africa Youth Leadership Forum

Africa Youth Leadership Forum
At the heart of AYLF is the that dream that African leaders will know how to reconcile relationships, speak the truth without being religious or divisive, see people without labels or stereotypes, and ultimately love each other and those whom they lead. This program works with student leaders in 30 universities through out 7 East and Central African countries- Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, DR Congo, and Sudan. Through this work, we seek to create a movement of friends and nurture a new breed of African leaders, basing on the leadership qualities, values, and principles of Jesus. We also draw inspiration from the best points of leadership in modern figures such as Julius Nyerere, Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., William Wilberforce, Kwame Nkrumah, Anwar Sadat and others of their kind.

 

High School Leadership Development
This is one of our newest programs, that seeks to bring many of the same programatic elements from AYLF down to the highschool level - providing an outreach component for our Leadership Academies. This program is currently most active in Uganda and Rwanda, and to a lesser degree Tanzania.

wolves soccar

The "Wolves" Soccer Clubs
This is a year around soccer training program that attracts idle teenage young men around Kampala city. Most have dropped out of school and are unemployed. Presently we have around 200 boys grouped into 5 teams playing in the city leagues. Our program works on the prevention side of the street kid problem by providing a structured, disciplined daily sports program to keep teenage boys from broken homes off the streets, out of trouble and off drugs. The head of the program is Stone Ndibassa - a former professional player - who serves as coach, role model and father figure. The whole program is built around his love for these boys and the trust he has earned from them. Many of the guys are Muslims and we have a "Club House" in the Muslim suburb of Kibuli that allows for further contact in the evenings and provides a place for meetings, studies as well as positive entertainment. This program specifically tries to improve understanding and relationships between Muslims and Christians. This program has been featured in a video used in Stephen Covey's courses on "7 Habits of Highly Effective People." A copy of the video called "Stone" - comes with each hard copy of Covey's latest book "The 8th Habit."

Ekitangala Ranch

The Ekitangaala Ranch Community
We have a ranch outside of town on which the Boys Leadership Academy is based as well as the Ekt. Primary School and Secondary Schools for the kids living in that area. It’s a large commercial dairy ranch. The whole ranch community - including the schools’ staff - is comprised of about 200 people living on the ranch as well around 1100 student in our three schools there. It is our hope that as we work and live together we would shine as a light in the surrounding areas. (Ekitangaala means "the light" in the local language.) We also have facilities where college age young people from Europe and North America can come to volunteer and join in the life of our community - in the middle of the bush for a few months.

elementary school

Schools: Ranch Primary, Secondary, Vocational
The elementary school has 650 kids in it and the secondary (ordinary level high school) has about 450. The Secondary School was opened in 2003. It is the first high-school ever for the local area. It was a very simple building and only covered the first two years of high school with 50 kids. In 2004 we added another grade and it went up to 75 kids. In 2005 we added the last grade of high school and the enrollment went up to 200. In 2006 it reached 300. And in 2007 it went up to 450.

Another 20 students annually are undertaking vocational training - currently in the areas of carpentry and tailoring. These are simple day schools serving kids that come from an 8 mile radius around us. All the schools involve character development and life skills studies. Lunch is also provided daily free of charge. Most recently an institute for training in the fields of hospitality and hotel services has been set up, with a guest house facility available as well.

Community Development

Community Development Program
The parents of the elementary school kids live in the countryside around the ranch. It is an area of chronic poverty and heavy alcoholism. To help them overcome these problems we operate a comprehensive community development program operating in 10 villages with a population of around 3000. The program covers issues of health, agriculture, water and other such matters related to well being - as well as the spiritual dimension of life.

the future!

Future Plans
Uganda continues to be the hub of our program model development, slowly using the lessons learned to implement better programs through out the East African region. We recently launched the Leadership Academy of South Sudan, and in future hope to build it into a robust program that includes an alumni association as the schools in other countries do. In the coming years, we are looking to work more in D.R. Congo as well - starting with the Africa Youth Leadership Forum, then building out into other programs.