Mandela Washington Fellowship
Flagship Program of the Young African Leaders Initiative
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI). These Young Africa Leaders, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, are chosen as Fellows because of their established records of accomplishment. In the summer of 2017, 1000 emerging leaders from sub-Saharan Africa will come to the United States to engage in academic coursework, leadership training, networking opportunities, and service learning. The University of San Diego is one of 38 universities, and the only university in Southern California, selected to host a Mandela Fellows Leadership Institute. As a host Institute, the Kroc School of Peace Studies at USD will focus on leadership and social entrepreneurship. From June 16 - July 31st, 25 Mandela Washington Fellows will develop an idea for a viable social enterprise that they can launch back in their home country. The Institute will culminate in the Mandela Challenge, where the fellows will pitch their social enterprise ideas to a team of local judges from the private and non-profit sectors. Upon completion of the Institute, Fellows will continue to build the skills developed during their residency with support from US embassies, YALI, the Department of State and affiliated partners.