The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The Fellowship brings 500 dynamic young African leaders, ages 25-35, from across the continent to the United States for 6 weeks of leadership training and mentoring at twenty U.S. universities and colleges in 3 fields: business and entrepreneurship, civic engagement and public administration.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is conducted as a merit-based open competition. Selection is based on criteria like:
Proven record of leadership and accomplishment in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement
Demonstrated commitment to public or community service, volunteerism or mentorship
Ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and respect the opinions of others
Demonstrated knowledge, interest and professional experience in the field selection
Commitment to return to Africa and apply leadership skills and training to benefit their home country
In Rwanda this year, nearly 800 young people applied; only 6 were selected to participate in the fellowship.
“I can’t thank REAP enough for all the professional experience and career guidance they provided me that has greatly contributed to this success. I want to learn more public management skills from world-class experts so I can advocate for REAP’s initiatives and promote its impact on a macro-level”, said Paulin Mutatsineza.
Jean Paulin will attend University of Minnesota in Minneapolis starting on June 19 where he will be trained in Public management. Great work Paulin and enjoy your summer in America!