Washington Welcomes Young African Leaders

During a town hall Monday with 500 young African leaders, President Obama  announced the expansion of his Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and the renaming of the Washington Fellowship Program after the late South African president, Nelson Mandela. Through YALI, the United States is investing in the next generation of African leaders, and has committed significant resources to enhance leadership skills, bolster entrepreneurship, and connect young African leaders with one another, the United States, and the American people. In an interview, the State Department's Rick Stengel, who worked with Mandela on his autobiography, call Yali a 'force-multiplier' that can help Africa rise.

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