ALI transforms how teens see their world and their possibilities by first transforming how they see themselves, their past, present and future.
ALI helps teens explore and answer critical questions that support a healthy sense of self.
It's been proven that programs like ALI, which instill cultural pride, have improved life outcomes for Black youth.
Nominate yourself or a student you know to become an ALI Scholar. ALI is for teens in grades 8+.
We offer foundational programs for grades 6-8.
Help us transform the lives of Black youth by donating today.
Your tax deductible contribution will support our ALI Scholars as they explore identity and global citizenship.
Operationalizing a paradigm shift in teen identity development
The African Link Initiative (ALI) transforms how youth of African descent see and experience their world by first transforming how they see and experience themselves, and the continent of Africa, past, present, and future.
Our mission is to cultivate youth who are:
1. Empowered by the knowledge of where they come from.
2. Enabled with the skills and resilience to thrive where they are now in their current stage of development.
3. Free to choose where they will grow from here.
ALI was founded on the premise: you must know where you come from to understand where you are and know where you're going. ALI is a nonprofit organization through our partnership with United Way of Greater Mercer County.