Making the announcement, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer encouraged the participants to take full advantage of the six-week leadership development program on university campuses across the United States in June-July 2018.
The participating universities include the University of Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Rutgers University, Oklahoma State University, and Syracuse University.
Said Ambassador Palmer: “You were selected to participate in this prestigious exchange program – among hundreds of applicants – because you already demonstrated creativity, passion and a commitment to your communities. The U.S. Embassy looks forward to working with you to support your contributions to a healthier, more prosperous future for Malawi. You reaffirm for me that Malawi’s future is a bright one.”
The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) aims to invest in the next generation of African leaders. Every year, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders takes young African leaders to the United States for academic instruction, practical experience, and mentorship in the fields of public management, civic leadership, and business and entrepreneurship.