Lusaka. January 24, 2014.
LUSAKA – The Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of Zambia encourages young Zambian leaders aged 25-35 to complete applications for President Obama’s Washington Fellowship Program for Young African Leaders by the Monday, January 27, 2014 deadline. We applaud Zambian young leaders who have already successfully completed online applications. As of last week, there were more than 600 applications that have been started by Zambian young leaders but that remain to be completed and submitted. We urge young leaders to apply and to complete applications by the closing date for your application to be considered.
Visit http://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/ for more information and to apply. Twenty-five young Zambians may be competitively selected to be part of the Washington Fellowship Program in 2014.
The Washington Fellowship Program is the new flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. The program will bring 500 young leaders from the African continent to the United States in mid-2014 for six weeks of leadership training and mentoring. Follow-on programs in each participating African country will create unique opportunities for these young leaders to put new skills to practical use in propelling economic growth and prosperity, and strengthening democratic institutions.
Washington Fellows will attend top U.S. universities and colleges for a six-week training period in three leadership institutes. The first institute is for business and entrepreneurship leaders. The second is for civic leadership focusing on non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, and volunteerism. The third institute is focused on public management for young leaders who work or aspire to work in government agencies, regional organizations, international organizations, and think tanks.
President Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative in 2010 as a signature initiative that supports young African leaders as they work to spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across the African continent. On June 29, 2013, at a town hall meeting with youth in Johannesburg, South Africa, President Obama introduced the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders representing a major expansion of U.S. investment in the continent’s next cadre of leaders.