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The Kectil Program was created to identify and nurture highly talented youth in developing countries who have the potential to make a positive difference in their communities and countries.

What Is Kectil?

  • Web-Based Mentoring Program

    Monthly Kectil Talks with Leaders in Science, Business, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Public Service

  • Assignments & Sharing

    Connect with other students on social media (Facebook & Twitter) with facilitated web-based group discussions

  • Youth Leadership Conference

    Intensive Leadership Training, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop, Meetings with Successful Leaders, and Creation of Network of Youth Peers in Developing Countries

  • Alumni Web-Portal

    Maintenance of Network of Youth Peers in Developing Countries, Interaction with New Youth Participants, Availability of Mentorship from Program

Application Opens
August 15, 2017

Application Deadline
November 30, 2017

December 31, 2017

Program Starts
January 1, 2018


Who Can Apply?

Youth (aged 17-26) in least developed and developing countries who have demonstrated a talent and passion for leadership, scholarship or innovation, are proficient in English and have access to a computer and the internet.
Awards for Most Active Participants in the Web-Based Program

We are pleased to announce that The Kectil Program will select fifteen of the most active participants in the Web-based Program to be given a special award. These participants will have attended all of the Sessions and completed the online pre and post assignments. First, the selectees will be given a personal introduction to a leadership mentor in a developed country in the participant’s general area of interest. Second, the name of each selectee will also highlighted on the Kectil Website as an honor for their leading participation. These awards will be announced at the last Session in December 2017.

Sherry Knowles in the News!

Kectil founder Sherry Knowles has recently been featured in The Financial Times Newspaper and Financier Worldwide Magazine discussing intellectual property protection for important innovations that change the quality of our lives.

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Martin Luther King III joins the Kectil Advisory Board for 2018-2019 term

The Malmar Knowles Family Foundation and The Kectil Program are delighted to announce that Mr. Martin Luther King III has joined the Kectil Advisory Board for a 2018-2019 term. As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III serves as an ambassador of his parent’s legacy of nonviolent social change. He is an American human rights advocate and community activist…

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Kectil Announces 2018 Web Session with Mr. Martin Luther King III

After our welcome and kick-off web-session in January 2018, Kectil is pleased to announce that its first substantive session of the year will feature an interview and conversation by founder Sherry Knowles with Mr. Martin Luther King III. We can’t think of a better way to start the year-long program than with a discussion with the oldest son of the iconic Martin Luther King family as he remembers his family legacy and mentors the 2018 Kectil Colleagues to demand a society that is blind to race, tribe, ethnicity, gender and cultures, through an evolution to ethical government and non-violent social change.

Muneeb from Pakistan Writes Blog on Rejecting Extremism

Pakistan is one of the underdeveloped countries of the world where many problems exist that can’t be solved without the help of youth. Extremism is an important problem which is consistently destroying our young blood….

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Letters to Kenya

FactsLetters to Kenya from Kectil Colleagues

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Help us identify future leaders, scholars and innovators in least developed and developing countries.

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