Want to be part of the next class of young African leaders? Tune in to learn how.

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Fellows raise their hands to ask a question of President Obama at the Summit for Young African Leaders on July 28, 2014, in Washington. (AP Images)

Have you heard about the Mandela Washington Fellows? They’re a vibrant group of young entrepreneurs, activists and public officials from across sub-Saharan Africa selected to study leadership at U.S. universities. At the end of their studies, the fellows wrap up their trip by mingling with government officials and business leaders in Washington.

Think you might want to join the 2015 class? Find out how to apply by tuning into an upcoming State Department web video chat on October 30 at 13:00 GMT. #yalichat

One of your hosts, Helawi Sewnet Beshah, is a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow from Ethiopia who spent six weeks at the University of Minnesota. Sewnet said he cherishes the networking opportunities during his fellowship. “I come from a very close community. I don’t have a lot of connections with young African peers back home,” Sewnet told the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, a local newspaper. “What a chance to know young people my age.” He expects the fellowship experience will help him start publications and other media for African youth.

The State Department’s Britta Bjornlund will join Sewnet for the video chat and offer her expertise on the application process and the program itself. Applications are due by November 5, 2014.

If you can’t make it on October 30, learn from questions asked during previous video chat programs.