African-American Leadership Institute

The African-American Leadership Institute (AALI) promotes the individual development of African-Americans for increased participation in leadership roles and serves as a principal education and networking resource for expertise and advocacy on leadership issues affecting and impacting our communities.

The African-American Leadership Institute is designed to educate and assist individuals in developing and expanding their leadership skills to take an active role in the community.


AALI is a 10-week program of weekly classes conducted in the evening and a one day leadership retreat focusing on cultural identity, team-building and service to the community. AALI also offers participants the opportunity to engage Arizona’s foremost business and policy authorities in a continuing dialogue about leadership and the African-American community. AALI enhances and underscores an understanding of the role culture plays in leadership development.

Now Accepting Applications for AALI 2016.

Click here   to apply. Please allow yourself enough time to complete the entire application.   For more information, call 602-258-6797 ext. 777 or click here.

Program Information and Application Process

  • Sessions are from 6 pm-9 pm primarily on the campus of South Mountain Community College
  • Sessions begin October 12 and are on the following dates:
    • Wednesday, October 12
    • Wednesday, October 19
    • Wednesday, October 26
    • Wednesday, November 2
    • Wednesday, November 9
    • Wednesday, November 16
    • Tuesday, November 22
    • Wednesday, November 30
    • Wednesday, December 7
    • Wednesday, December 14
    • Graduation: Wednesday, December 21
  • Must attend Leadership Retreat – Tentatively scheduled for Saturday, November 5 (8:30am-5pm) (Retreat is dependent on funding and number of participants)
  • Program Tuition is $550
  • Click here to apply. *

“AALI has given me opportunities and a platform to learn and network positively with individuals throughout the Phoenix community. In addition, AALI has helped me to define my true passion….I have grown as a person, as a professional and above all, as a leader. I am grateful for this program and how my life has catapulted toward success..”

AALI 2013 Graduate

*It is recommended that you prepare your application off-line, and copy/paste your answers in the space provided. Note: At the end of the application, you will be asked to attach one letter of recommendation and your resume.