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April 27, 2018

Jon M. Huntsman Hall

Startup Challenge Semifinalist African Community Learning Program

African Community Learning Program educates, connects, empowers, and supports people of African background in West Philadelphia.

African Community Learning Program

How did you come up with this idea?

African Community Learning Program was born out of my personal experiences struggling with cultural adaptation both in Africa and America.

I founded African Community Learning Program to support the next generations of youth with African background in three main areas: academics, cultural identity, and leadership.

How will your venture change the world?

Though African Community Learning Program is only in its first year, it has already begun to change the world. Our organization has proven successful in improving students grades, raising students’ awareness about Africa, strengthening their cultural pride, and fostering leadership skills. African Community Learning Program is also bridging the cultural gap and understanding among people of different African backgrounds and bringing them together. Both our students and volunteers are connected to various African countries but harmoniously work together daily. Our organization has been broadening the perspectives of our volunteers of all backgrounds, especially whites and African-Americans. Our volunteers have been gaining more understanding of the continent and its people with every session they participate in. Also African Community Learning Program has the potential to reach students regardless of background throughout the U.S. and world through the creation of tailored curriculums that would teach young people about Africa in a culturally sensitive matter and thus broadening their worldview to prepare them to become better future leaders.

African Community Learning Program


Aminata Sy, LPS’19
Abdoul Wane
Hazim Hardeman


  • Aminata Sy: I speak five languages Pulaar, Wolof, French, English, and Spanish.
  • Abdoul Wane: He is very resourceful and has taken on many jobs titles: mechanic, plumber, technician, tailor, painter, and construction worker, just to name a few.
  • Hazim Hardeman: He is a beginner learner of Moroccan Arabic.

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