Maxwell welcomes first YALI class
June 16, a group of 25 young leaders from across Africa will gather in Syracuse
at the Maxwell School for a six-week program of study focusing on leadership
and public administration. The group,
drawn from countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, is part of the Washington
Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a program administered by the U.S.
Department of State to enhance leadership skills, spur entrepreneurship, and
connect young African leaders with one another and with Americans.
2014, the program will bring over 500 leaders to the United States each year for
leadership training, academic coursework, and mentoring. It will create unique opportunities in Africa
to put those new skills to practical use in propelling economic growth and
prosperity and strengthening democratic institutions. Syracuse is one of only 20 universities
across the U.S. chosen to host a YALI group.
The Fellows who
will be studying at the Maxwell School are between the ages of 25 and 35 and represent
17 different African nations: Angola,
Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia,
Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania,
and Zambia. Their six-week program will
include daily sessions on public administration and critical questions of
public policy. Classroom discussions
will be supplemented by meetings with city and county leaders, area businesses,
and local nonprofit organizations.
will conclude with a Presidential Summit in Washington, DC. 06/16/14