Maxwell welcomes first YALI class

YALI-FBBeginning 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.  

Beginning in 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. 

The program will conclude with a Presidential Summit in Washington, DC. 06/16/14