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Illustration of woman speaking at lectern with armload of talk bubbles (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

If you are afraid of public speaking, read this

At some point, everyone needs to speak in front of an audience of one or more with some kind of goal. Here are some helpful tips from an expert.
President Obama walking down outdoor columned walkway (White House/Lawrence Jackson)

A tall chair, a short commute and a White House accessible...

The West Wing of the White House may be the most famous office in the world. Watch a video tour given by one of its most unique and well-placed staffers.
President Obama at lectern, young Africans seated behind him (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

What is YALI? Watch this video to find out.

What is YALI? The Young African Leaders Initiative encompasses not one but three different elements designed to benefit Africans aged 25–35.
President Obama looking into a crowd of young African leaders (© AP Images)

Want to be an important politician? Start now.

In many developing countries, the majority of the population is younger than 25, something young political hopefuls should keep in mind.
President Obama standing, holding microphone, with crowd of people seated behind him (State Dept./Tim Brown)

‘I see a continent on the move,’ Obama tells young African...

One thousand Mandela Washington Fellows from Africa capped their six-week experience in the United States with a town hall meeting with President Obama.
President Obama, three entrepreneurs and Mark Zuckerberg sitting on stage (Flickr/GES)

Young Rwandan innovator meets Obama

Jean Bosco Nzeyimana was only 19 when he began using biomass and waste to develop eco-friendly fuels. His innovation led to a meeting with President Obama.
Election workers sitting, waiting for voters (© AP Images)

Can you crank up participation rates for young voters?

In most countries there are enough young people to decide elections, yet they have the lowest voting rates. Here's how they can make big impacts locally.
People celebrating in Nigeria (© AP Images)

‘Young people have to have a seat at the table’

Young people have the power to peacefully change the course of elections in many places. Why do some participate in violence?
Judith E. Heumann and Doudly Elius (State Dept./Sherry L. Brukbacher)

How one man is helping women with disabilities find a better...

Getting a job with a disability in Haiti can be difficult, especially for women. Learn how one man is empowering them with skills and support.