Mandela Washington Fellowship

First-day group photo

Wagner College is proud to have been selected as a host institution for President Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative. The Mandela Washington Fellowship aims to empower young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and support for activities in their communities. From June 17 through July 31, Wagner is hosting 25 competitively selected young Africans who will participate in a six-week academic institute on Civic Leadership, part of the larger group of 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows being hosted in 40 programs at 37 colleges and universities across the United States this summer.

This 6-week Institute has been designed to mirror Wagner’s Port Richmond Partnership, where Fellows will focus each week on a different pillar that is important to civic life in many communities. After an introduction to Theories of Civic Leadership, Fellows will engage in classroom sessions, site visits, and community service activities focused on Economic Development, Healthcare, Education, and the Environment. During Week 6 of the Institute, Fellows will put their learning into practice, developing grant proposals for their own not-for-profit interests and beginning to develop the means to achieve their goals.

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Wagner College's 2015 cohort of the Mandela Washington Fellowship created this chapbook of inspirational poetry:

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CLICK HERE to read bios of Wagner College's 2015 Mandela Washington Fellows.

CLICK HERE to read bios of Wagner College's 2014 Mandela Washington Fellows.