What a great honor and privilege it was to have 25 members of the Mandela Washington Fellowship of Young African Leaders visit us at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Williamsburg. This is the fourth year that William & Mary and its partner in the Presidential Precinct has been selected to host this group.
One Thousand Mandela Washington Fellows, between the ages of 25-35 are being hosted at higher education institutions across the U.S this summer through the U.S State Department's Young African Leaders Initiative. Fifty-one fellows are identified as having a disability, and 50% of the fellows are women. All have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities and countries.
Following a six week curriculum, all will come together in Washington D.C. for a three-day summit. One hundred fellows will be selected to remain in the U.S. for an eight-week internship program.
We are grateful that our friends at William and Mary decided to include the Williamsburg ReStore on the itinerary for this wonderful group of young African leaders. We wish them well as they continue their journey, and like Habitat for Humanity, strive to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and countries.
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