Mandela Washington Fellowship returning to UIowa and Drake this summer

For the fifth consecutive summer, the University of Iowa and Drake University will host the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

For the past four years, the program has brought in 25 young professionals from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to each university to spend six weeks learning critical skills in leadership, entrepreneurship and business development.

The program, a part with Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), allows African leaders and entrepreneurs to visit the United States to learn about leadership and to make connections with local businesses and personnel. The goal is that the young adults who participate in the program will bring back what they have learned to their communities.

In total, twenty-seven U.S. educational institutions in 20 states will host Leadership Institutes for approximately 700 Mandela Washington Fellows.

At the conclusion of this program, Fellows will visit Washington D.C. for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit. Throughout the week, the Fellows will take part in networking and panel discussions with U.S. leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

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