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.
Continue reading “2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship Reflection”
For the second consecutive summer, from June 16 to July 30, the Staley School of Leadership Studies hosted the Mandela Washington for Young African Leaders, a flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. The cohort of Fellows hosted this year, a group of 25 bright and emerging young civic leaders from Sub-Sahara Africa, were part of a larger group of 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows hosted at institutions across the United States this summer. The Fellows took part in a six-week Civic Leadership Institute throughout which the Staley School facilitated opportunities for cultural exchange and leadership development to advance the work of each Fellow by growing their capacity to lead change upon return to their home countries.
YALI 2017 at K-State came to an end with celebration and graduation ceremony on Saturday July 29, 2017. On this day, our 2017 Mandela Fellows received a certificate from Dr. Mary Hale Tolar, Director of the School, and Dr. Brandon Kliewer, professor of civic leadership, in acknowledgement of their completion of the 2017 Institute at Staley School. Also, the Fellows received a certificate of appreciation from the the City of Manhattan.
Continue reading “Mandela Washington Fellows: 2017 Civic Leadership Institute”
Academic Mentoring is a program activity of HandsOn Kansas State, focused on the academic success of youth in the Greater Manhattan community. The Academic Mentoring program selects, trains, and places K-State students in school and community-based classrooms and programs that promote and support family literacy efforts and youth development. The Academic Mentors serve throughout the Greater Manhattan area, including the cities of Ogden, Wamego, and St. George. Continue reading “Academic Mentors Impact Local Youth through Wonder Workshop”
Growing Leadership Capacity through Service-Learning
By: Lucas Shivers (’03)
Crunching leaves on a driveway while raking for senior citizens, clearing brush at Sunset Zoo next to the cheetahs, picking up litter along the interstate, building relationships as an international buddy, mentoring youth towards their goals—these are some of my most memorable times at K-State. Alongside fellow students at Leadership Studies and with brothers from Acacia Fraternity who center on Human Service, I’m soaked in so many experiences that continue to inspire my involvement with service today and also evoke a deep desire to give back to the organizations and communities that have helped make me the person I am. Continue reading “Letter from 20th-Year Engagement Initiative Committee Member, Lucas Shivers”
The Staley School of Leadership Studies is committed to promoting learning both inside and outside the classroom. In addition to service-learning and civic engagement activities, students also have opportunities to learn through travel and participation at conferences and other leadership development activities.
Read about these recent learning opportunities from students who attended the International Leadership Association (ILA) Conference, the IMPACT Conference, a site visit to The Gambia, and the McDonough Leadership Conference. Continue reading “Student Learning Extends Beyond the Classroom”
In the 2016-2017 school year, Kansas State University students had the opportunity to visit Denver, Colorado; Kansas City, Missouri; and Tahlequah, Oklahoma; to understand the various aspects of specific social issues through the Alternative Breaks program at the Staley School of Leadership Studies.
Alternative Breaks is an opportunity for students to participate in an intense service experience during their winter, spring, and weekend breaks. Participants travel to communities around the country where they work with local residents to address a pressing social issue. Breaks are open to K-State graduate, undergraduate, and international students.
Throughout the Midwest, teams of students performed a variety of tasks throughout their week-long trips ranging from cleaning, building, and working directly with the clients. Here’s an update from the Winter 2016 Alternative Break sites! Continue reading “Alternative Breaks: Highlights from 2016-2017”