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Mandela Washington Fellows

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and support for activities in their communities. It is a program of the U.S. government and is supported in its implementation by IREX. The Ohio State University is a sub-grantee of IREX and is supporting the U.S.-based academic program of the Fellowship. Contact: Laura Joseph at joseph.184@osu.edu.

Mandela Washington Fellow with volunteer In June, Ohio State will host 25 young professionals from across Africa for the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF), a six-week flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative. The objective of the program is to provide young African leaders with the skills and connections they need to accelerate their career and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth and enhancing peace and security in Africa.

Washington Mandela Fellows are men and women between 25 and 35, who have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their respective organizations by being engaged in community development and youth mentorship.

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Train the Trainer workshop at National Sugar Institute in TanzaniaSenior Advisor for International Affairs Esther Gottlieb is currently in Tanzania with Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders alumnus Bahati Hakimu Msomba, a regulatory services office at the Sugar Board of Tanzania. They recently led a two-day "Train the Trainer" workshop group at the National Sugar Institute in the Killombero district.

The workshop provided professional development opportunities for 45 trainers and extension officers from all over the region. Participants developed training expertise, were taught how to practice collaborative strategies, learned how to engage youth in agriculture and compared experiences with the use of technology and social media in farming and business.

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Capitol Hill visit to share impact of Mandela FellowsLaura Joseph of the Center for African Studies and Esther Gottlieb of the Office of International Affairs recently met with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown during his monthly constituent coffee at his office in Washington D.C. As Young African Leaders Institute partners, Jospeh and Gottlieb went to Capitol Hill to share stories about how the Mandela Washington Fellowship has impacted The Ohio State University and Columbus, Ohio. In 2016, Mandela Washington Fellows contributed more than 13,000 hours of community service to their university communities across the country, connected with thousands of Americans, and left an indelible impact on those they met.

Since their Young African Leaders Institute leadership training at The Ohio State University during the summer of 2016, the Mandela Washington Fellows have continued to advance their causes and been recognized for their accomplishments. Detailed below is a list of the accomplishments.

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The Washington Mandela Fellows delivered Ignite Talks on Wednesday, July 28 to honored guests of the Young African Leaders Institute on The Ohio State University campus. Photos are of the Fellows and guests networking after the presentations.

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The Mandela Washington Fellows visited with The Ohio State University President Michael Drake in his Bricker Hall office on Monday, July 26, 2016. President Drake thanked the fellows for bringing international perspectives to the Ohio State campus and discussed the values he brings to his life and how to apply those ideals to leadership opportunities. The six-week long Young African Leaders Institute is wrapping up its time at Ohio State and the Fellows soon head off to Washington, D.C. for a summit to conclude the program.

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Mandela Washington FellowsOhio State's visiting Mandela Washington Fellows will share their visions for Progress and Change in Africa on July 27 at 9 a.m. in Page Hall 20.

For the last month, 25 Mandela Washington Fellows have been engaged in a Public Management Institute co-hosted by the Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Center for African Studies. The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and support for activities in their communities. You can follow their activities at https://oia.osu.edu/yali. As part of the program, Fellows develop and deliver Ignite talks, short 3-5 minute presentations which articulate their personal vision around specific themes. Many of these will be shared at the Presidential Summit in Washington in early August.

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