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2018 ‘Mandela Washington Fellowship’ For New Generation Of African Leaders To Be Hosted At Clark Atlanta University

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For the fifth time, Clark Atlanta University will host the brilliance of the Mandela Washington Fellows as an institute partner for a portion of their United States based activities.  Black Enterprise reports that “according to a statement released by CAU, the university will host 25 of Africa’s brightest emerging business and entrepreneurial leaders for a six-week Academic and Leadership Institute, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, beginning June 20.

While at Clark Atlanta University, fellows will complete the following:

  • Site visits and collaborative projects with local business partners, including: The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and UPS;
  • Community service opportunities at local partner non-profit community organizations, such as Atlanta Community Food Bank, Trees Atlanta and MedShare International, among others;
  • Campus-based events, including the President’s Welcome Reception; and
  • Faculty and community members are invited to host YALI Fellows as a group or individually in their homes for an American family dinner experience.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship For Young African Leaders began in 2014 through the Young African Leaders Inatiative (YALI) and empowers young people academically, providing leadership training and both networking and educational opportunities.

“The 2018 fellowship will provide 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university with support for professional development after they return home.” YALI reports.

These young leaders range in age from 25 to 35 and have already soared as leaders in their home countries.  The fellows will take place in a six week Academic and Leadership institute followed by the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit in Washington D.C. From there, 100 select participants will be chosen to remain in the U.S. an additional six weeks for a Professional Development Experience. All fellows will continue to build on their developed skills upon returning to their home countries.

For more information on the Mandela Washington Fellowship click here.


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