President Obama, while addressing 500 extraordinary Young African Leaders in Washington DC, USA, announced a change in Washington Fellowship to Mandela Fellowship for Young African Leaders, on 28th of July, 2014. This gesture by Mr. President was done in honour of Nelson Mandela. He also promised to double the number of annual participants in the Mandela Washington Fellowship to 1000 by the summer of 2016. He has fulfilled his promise by inviting 1000 Young African Leader to apply for 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship
“Prosperity and Security and Justice that we seek in the World today cannot be achieved without a strong and prosperous reliance in Africa” Obama Confessed.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies President Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa. The first class of Mandela Washington Fellows arrived in mid-June for six weeks of intensive executive leadership training, networking, and skills building, followed by a Presidential Summit in Washington, DC. Through this initiative, young African leaders are gaining the skills and connections they need to accelerate their own career trajectories and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa. This initiative also provides young African leaders an opportunity to network online.
YALI Network, an online community (on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus) across Africa was also created for sharing ideas and forging new collaborations among African leaders to realize the change that they seek.
“The spirit of this YALI reflects Mandiba’s Optimism, Idealism and he’s belief in what he called Endless Heroism of Youth” Obama declared.
Benefits of joining YALI Network
1. It affords ones the opportunity of receiving important updates.
2. It is a platform for sharing ideas
3. It provides a platform for networking with exceptional leaders
4. Opportunity to meet with expert on how to launch start ups
4. Opportunity to take Massive open online courses (MOOCS) with Certification. (Business and Entrepreneurship; Civic Leadership; Public Management)
4. Opportunity to Attend Annual Mandela Fellowship for Young African Leaders (All expense paid trip.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:
- Are between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application submission, although exceptional applicants younger than 25 will be considered.
- Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
- Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa.
- Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.
- Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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