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.
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.
Every year, students have the opportunity to spend winter and spring breaks doing a number of things. Some students spend time at home or elsewhere, taking advantage of the opportunity for rest, relaxation, or additional hours to work at their jobs in their home communities or around Manhattan. But, through the Alternative Breaks program, the Staley School invites students to consider using their breaks to serve others. Continue reading “Fostering Leadership for Life: Alternative Breaks”→
International Service Teams, formerly part of Community Service Programs, first began in 1989. Since that time, over 400 K-State students have lived and worked alongside communities in 22 different countries on five continents. While the program, partners, and students have changed over the years, the core has remained the same—that service is reciprocal, that our teams are going to learn from and with the community, and that the service projects are driven and determined by our site partners. Continue reading “Fostering Leadership for Life: International Service Teams”→
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”→