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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.

Mandela Fellows discuss leadership with President Drake

President Michael Drake hosted the Washington Mandela Fellows for a luncheon at the Faculty Club on July 3, 2017. During their time together, President Drake discussed leadership skills and management techniques that heave helped him be an effective leader. Many Mandela Fellows took the opportunity to ask questions about Drake's experiences and challenges he has faced as the leader of a large university.

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Guy Worley discusses how public-private partnership revitalized ColumbusThe Washington Mandela Fellows learned about the redevelopment of downtown Columbus from Guy V. Worley, CEO/President of Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and Capitol South Urban Redevelopment Corporation. On Monday, June 26 Worley hosted a luncheon for the Fellows on the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion in Columbus Commons. He discussed the efforts to revitalize Columbus via public-private partnerships that brought residential, retail and cultural development to the area.

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Mandela Fellows pose with President Michael DrakeThe Mandela Washington Fellows visited with The Ohio State University President Michael Drake on Friday, June 23, 2017. President Drake welcomed the fellows to the Ohio State campus, discussed his path to leadership positions and explained how staying true to your values creates good leadership. The six-week long Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is wrapping up its first week in Columbus.

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Mandela Fellows visit Franklin County Commissioners

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners welcomed Ohio State Mandela Washington Fellows to a general session and a roundtable discussion with Commissioners John O'Grady, Marilyn Brown, and Kevin Boyce on June 20, 0217. As the administrative head of Franklin County government, the Board of Commissioners sets the strategic direction and fiscal priorities for the 30th largest county in the United States.

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.

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Mandela Fellows Welcome ReceptionAn opening reception at the Fisher College of Business on Monday evening June 19, 2017 welcomed the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders to The Ohio State University. The fellows are starting a six-week academic and leadership institute at Ohio State focusing on leadership and management skills. The John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Center for African Studies organized programming for the institute that is focused on public management and five subthemes: health, business and entrepreneurship, agriculture, education, and democracy and governance.

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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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