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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!


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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.

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


How are we doing? We measure progress using the chart below. The ultimate measure of development is the total number of lives that young leaders improve through their projects.

Metrics Since 2010 This Month
Leadership Institute Sites 14 7
Number of Youth Trained 1,278 315
Number of Young Women 520 141
Number of Projects Launched 163 0
Number of Lives Improved 1,630 (est.) 0 (est.)

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