YALI

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Alumni of U.S. leadership programs give back on COVID-19

These State Department program alumni are giving back to their communities in different ways during the coronavirus outbreak.
YALI Network pens and stickers (State Dept./D. Durazo)

2019 is your time: Apply to be a Mandela Washington Fellow

Hundreds of young professionals from across Africa will spend a summer in the U.S. as Mandela Washington Fellows, learning how to lead. Will you be one?
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Africa’s future leaders head home

Young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa’s 49 countries are returning home with clearer visions, revived purpose, and stronger networks after a summer as Mandela Washington Fellows.
Nelson Mandela smiling (© AP Images)

What do Nelson Mandela, George Washington and a Roman consul have...

What do Nelson Mandela, George Washington and Roman consul Cincinnatus have in common? Each walked away from political power.
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Wanted: African leaders for a 6-week fellowship

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is looking for up to 700 African leaders for a six-week academic and networking opportunity in the United States.
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.
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‘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 shaking hands with Grace Jerry (State Dept./D.A. Peterson

Obama has a message for young African leaders

1,000 young African leaders will gather in Washington for the third annual YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship. The main attraction will be President Obama.