YALI (Young African Leaders Initiative) Presidential Summit 2014
In July 2014, President Obama held a town hall with 500 exceptional young people who participated in the inaugural Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, an initiative he announced in 2013 as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).
President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young leaders with opportunities and resources. Through YALI, the United States is committing significant resources to enhance leadership skills, bolster entrepreneurship, and connect young African leaders with one another, with the United States, and with the American people. Investing in the next generation of African leaders is critical to ensuring the success of Africa’s democracies and its economies.
“I have no doubt that you’re going to leave behind for the next generation—and the generation after that—an Africa that is strong and vibrant and prosperous,
and is ascendant on the world stage.”
-- President Barack Obama, July 2014, Town Hall with Mandela Washington Fellows
During the townhall, the President announced that the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders program would be renamed in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship exchange program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). This program, begun in 2014, brings over 500 young leaders to the United States each year, for leadership training, academic coursework, and mentoring. It also creates unique opportunities in Africa, through internships and follow-on opportunities, to put those new skills to practical use in propelling economic growth and prosperity and strengthening democratic institutions. To be part of the YALI Network, follow @YALINetwork on Twitter or find us on Facebook.
For more information on YALI, please visit YoungAfricanLeaders.state.gov.