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CLI is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. CLI’s mission is to develop the next generation of leaders to be catalysts for peace and prosperity in the Congo. We empower young people in the Congo by preparing them to be leaders because the ultimate solutions to the Congo's problems will come from the Congolese people. The result of our program is a cohort of skilled leaders sparking true development across the Congo.

Want to learn more about the young leaders we’ve trained? Click here to read their stories.

To see CLI's 990 IRS tax filings, find us on Guidestar here. Additionally, if you want to check out one of the lessons included in the Leadership Institute, take a look at My Community!


CLI has trained youth in all of the locations on this map! Additionally, we are proud to manage the Kinshasa Leadership Center, a phyisical hub for leadership training in Kinshasa, the capital of the DRC. The Center provides space for leadership learning and generates thousands of dollars in revenue to support programs in Kinshasa!
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CLI envisions a Congo for and by the Congolese where ethical leaders serve their communities and country. CLI will achieve its vision by training talented youth and providing them with opportunities to develop their communities.

Youth who participate in our program also receive small grants to launch projects for peace and prosperity. During the first year under this program, young leaders averaged a 43% profit margin on their projects and improved countless lives in their local communities! Read the report here.

Want more information? Read our strategic plan here.


Throughout our work with young leaders, CLI makes an impact in four key areas:

Civic/Social Enterprise/Economic
Impact on Young Leaders Individual Values Individual Skills
Impact on Communities Social Change Economic Development
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