Mandela Washington Fellowship at Appalachian 2019

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Since its start in 2014, the program has empowered young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. Appalachian State University has previously hosted cohorts in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

In 2019, the Fellowship will provide up to 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. higher education institution with support for professional development after they return home. Appalachian's Institute will host 25 Fellows and focuses on leadership and skills development in Civic Engagement. The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. 

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by IREX. Appalachian State University is a sub-grantee of IREX and is supporting the U.S.-based academic program of the Fellowship.

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