Atlas Corps volunteers are essential to the organization for making sure things run smoothly. Today, we would like to talk more about Atlas Corps Group Captains. Our Group Captains facilitate monthly peer coaching groups as part of our new Virtual Leadership Institute, an online learning community for global social change leaders from around the world.

Since launching the Virtual Leadership Institute, 53 leaders became our Group Captains helping Scholars create a productive environment for co-learning, develop leadership projects, and guide discussions about leadership and social impact. Today we talk with Adedapo, an excellent Group Captain for the 2022 Cohort and an Alum of 2021 Cohort of the Hilton Humanitarian Prize Laureate Virtual Leadership Institute.

Name: Adedapo Sijuwade

Home Country: Nigeria

Current Organization:  SOS Children’s Villages

Social Issue/Interest Area: Prevention of family separation among resource constrain
communities by creating enabling environments for vulnerable children and young

Fun fact: I travel a lot and play both soccer and table tennis so
well, and I anchor social events with a blend of comedy.


Why did you decide to volunteer for Atlas Corps as a Group Captain?

My decision to volunteer as a Group Captain was born out of the desire to give back to other scholars having benefited immensely from the Atlas Corps Virtual Leadership Institute and the need to develop myself and others.

How has volunteering with Atlas Corps impacted you?

My role as a volunteer availed me with a unique opportunity to share in the vast experience of scholars and gained insight into the world of their professional journey, and leadership projects, as well as the role of Atlas Corps in creating a platform for emerging leaders.

What message would you like to send to individuals who are thinking of volunteering with Atlas Corps as a Group Captain?

Atlas Corps provides leaders a unique opportunity to develop themselves and others, the platform serves as a web of knowledge and experience sharing among great minds in line with global best practices and evidence-based approach to addressing social issues. I call on fellow scholars and individuals to avail themselves and take advantage of this initiative.

Hilton Prize Scholar Genevieve (2022 Cohort, United States, Org: The Task Force For Global Health) shares her experience as a Virtual Leadership Institute Scholar, “I’ve really valued my experience with the Virtual Leadership Institute, being able to learn from my peers who are going through the same professional challenges as myself, the diverse, non western-centered course materials that contain perspectives on leadership from around the world, and the multiple options for experience exchange via calls, peer coaching, and accountabuddies. I think it has also been great to get to know some of the same people consistently throughout the process like Adedapo, my peer group captain, who I’ve been able to connect with at the beginning, middle, and end of the course. His feedback has been integral to my leadership project.”

Hilton Prize Scholar Keelia (2022 Cohort, United States, Org: Heifer International) shares her appreciation for Adedapo during the coaching calls, “Adedapo was a wonderful group captain. He always had an upbeat attitude that made our group calls fun and engaging. I learned a lot from other group members through his leadership.”

Thank you, Adedapo and our hundreds of volunteers who help achieve the Atlas Corps mission every day. Learn more about becoming a volunteer at

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Photo from Adedapo’s personal archive