With Inputs Courtesy of CameroonWatch
The National President of the National Union for Democracy and Progress, NUDP, Ndansi Elvis and 24 other young enterprising Cameroonians will be received by United States President, Barrack Obama. They were selected to take part in the 2016 edition of the Young African leaders’ initiative, YALI, an initiative of US President, Barack Obama, otherwise known as the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African leaders. The delegation headed by Ndansi Elvis left the country today June 17, 2016 for a six-week sojourn in different cities across America that will take them to the White House.
It worth mentioning that Ndansi Elvis is also founder and ExecutiveDirector of Unite for Health Foundation, a not-for-profit making organization that provide health services to the underserved population with branches in Yaounde and Bamenda. To Ndansi Elvis Nukam, the fellowship program will enhance his skills as an entrepreneur and astute young politician. Harping on the importance of the fellowship program, he emphasized that “Obama’s idea behind YALI is to bring forth a new generation of African leaders who believe in themselves and who can be able to provide solutions to African problems” he concluded.
What You Need to Know About YALI
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders which began in 2014 is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.
In 2016, the Fellowship will provide 1,000 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. higher education institution with support for professional development after they return home.
The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. In 2015, Fellows represented all 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Fifty percent of Fellows were women; and for 76 percent of Fellows, it was their first experience spending substantial time in the United States.
To note that Each Mandela Washington Fellow takes part in a six-week academic and leadership Institute at a U.S. university or college in one of three tracks: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, or Public Management.
Upon returning to their home countries, YALI organisers say, Fellows are expected to continue to build the skills they have developed during their time in the United States through support from U.S. embassies, four Regional Leadership Centers, the YALI Network, and customized programming from USAID and affiliated partners.
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