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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.

For the second consecutive year, The Ohio State University is one of just 38 academic institutions across the United States hosting a cohort of 25 Mandela Washington Fellows. The fellows are participating in a six-week public management and leadership institute from June 16 – July 28 organized by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Center for African Studies. Ohio State’s program weaves a sequence of leadership development modules into the institute’s classroom activities, site visits, community service, cultural immersion, and professional networking opportunities, both on and off campus.

The 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. View the Fellow's biography booklet to learn more about each fellow.

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Center for African Studies are seeking volunteers, peer mentors and business partners to help welcome 25 young professionals from across Africa as they visit Ohio State from June 17 – July 31 to participate in a six-week Public Management Institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The group is participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. Ohio State is one of 36 academic institutions across the United States selected to host a cohort of YALI fellows.

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2016 YALI University HostsThe Ohio State University is one of 36 academic institutions across the United States that will host a cohort of 25 Mandela Washington Fellows from the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. The fellows will participate in a six-week academic and leadership institute from June 17 – July 31 on Ohio State’s main campus. The fellowship provides 1,000 young leaders between the ages of 25 and 35 from Sub-Saharan Africa the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. higher education institution through academic coursework, leadership training and networking.

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Center for African Studies are organizing programming for the institute focused on public management and five subthemes: health, business and entrepreneurship, agriculture, education, and democracy and governance. Ohio State’s program weaves a sequence of leadership development modules into the institute’s lectures, discussions, interactions with public, private and non-profit organizations, and social and professional networking opportunities, both on and off campus.

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