Uganda Leadership Development Program

About the Program

The Uganda Leadership Development Program (UGLDP) exists to equip emerging leaders with skills that promote sustainable community transformation, financial stewardship, and active community leadership. We believe building strong, sustainable, and ethical leaders is a key to unleashing community transformation.

Areas  of Transformation




Economic Development

Historical Background

For over 20 years, Uganda has been affected by insurgency, during which many people lost their lives and property and were physically abused. In some of the most impoverished regions in Uganda, there are many child-headed households and orphaned children who cannot afford education, food, medical care, and other physical needs.

In response to poor leadership within the communities, UGLDP was designed in May 2016 to serve and train young people (ages 15-30) and community leaders from across areas where we work. We identify individuals who demonstrate community leadership and have a desire to serve others and create vibrant communities. Our objective is to provide participants with residential leadership training, facilitated 100% by Ugandan leaders from other institutions to empower young people and community leaders in the Teso sub-region. 

The UGLDP bridges the leadership gap within community service through transformational leadership, as well as social and business entrepreneurship. Transformational leadership further develops a wide range of meaningful and effective practices, and cultivates powerful new identities, ready to challenge poor resource management between leaders, community leaders, and members. The training was designed to particularly address the attitudes, knowledge, and skills which empower individuals to effectively deal with the demands and challenges of everyday life.

Program Structure

Participants will go through three phases of the training.

  • Phase One: “Face-to-Face,” this initial phase is a six to seven week in-person, residential training. 
  • Phase Two: “Field Placement” occurs in the second phase, when participants intern at CarePoints. This is an opportunity to practice what they learned in the initial training. This phase occurs in a minimum of four months (optimal time is six to nine months). 
  • Phase Three: The Second “Face-to-Face” is a 15-day in-person formal/final debrief and evaluation.

This program develops entrepreneurship among participants in their communities, which equips youth as emerging leaders with skills that promote community transformation, stewardship, and leadership.

5 Standards for Every Leadership Development Program

Greater calling working

  • Principled Character Development
  • Practical, Hands-On Learning
  • Alumni Engagement and Legacy
  • Impact Reporting
  • Spirit of Entrepreneurship

Additional Impacts for Emerging Leaders

  • Promoting self-awareness, confidence, and personality strength among the trainees
  • Providing leadership knowledge to older youth and community leaders 
  • Developing entrepreneurship among the participants in their communities

As a valued partner, you will receive:

  • Regular impact reports highlighting the positive changes your support is helping to create
  • Opportunities for travel to equip community leaders in Guatemala
  • Invitations to attend our inspiring virtual events featuring and experts in the field
  • A commemorative sticker to proudly display your support for our programs
  • A certificate of appreciation, recognizing your vital role in helping us create a brighter future for individuals and communities around the world.

Volunteer and Travel Opportunities

The leadership program is only in session when there is funding for an entire class. Volunteers who want to travel and interact with our UGLDP students are encouraged to travel with one of our U.S. Leadership Team Members on a visit and will have the opportunity to meet some of our students either in session or after graduation and hear their stories. Watch a powerful partner story below!

Employee Engagement Opportunities

If an individual with a strong leadership background and experience would like to engage with our leadership academy students, then we encourage that through a visit to Uganda. There is an opportunity to go and teach a session at our academy – under the approval and discretion of our Uganda Country Director. We encourage other leaders to visit our students, hear their stories, and encourage them in their leadership development and growth.

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