In efforts of carrying on Nelson Mandela’s legacy of peace and service through leadership, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders was launched in 2014 as the flagship program of Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI.) The six-week leadership institute, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, provides an opportunity to 700 young emerging leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa to engage in professional development, academic sessions, networking, leadership training, community service, and additional cultural activities at a U.S. college or university.
On June 20, a group of 25 bright, young leaders from 21 different Sub-Saharan African countries began charting new soil in Manhattan, KS. Leaving behind their beloved ones, homes, and jobs, each Fellow came energized and ready to embark on a leadership journey that would leave them better equipped to work across borders to make the world a more just and flourishing home for humanity.
This past January, the Leading Change Institute (LCI) launched its first institute abroad in Ziguinchor, Senegal. The institute built on relationships started through the 2016 and 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows hosted at Kansas State University. LCI is an endowed leadership program made possible through the generous support and vision of David and Ellie Everitt . The Leading Change Institutes launched in 2015 with the sole purpose of bringing together thinkers, doers, scholars, and leaders that are all collectively addressing real issues with tangible strategies. This program marked the sixth institute for the Staley School and the first to be hosted internationally.