Contact: Lisa Chesko
Episcopal Homes
1860 University Avenue West
St Paul, MN  55104
United States of America

Looking for more ways to connect with young leaders from around the globe? Look no further!

On August 14th at 6:30 PM Twin Cities Rotaract will be hosting 7 current Mandela Washington Fellows at Episcopal Homes of Minnesota (1860 University Ave W, St Paul)  for an evening of exchanging ideas and increasing mutual understanding. The event will begin with networking from 6:30 - 7pm, followed by the program beginning at 7pm and the Fellows sharing their experiences in their home countries, as well as so far in the US. Link to the Facebook event here for more information.

For additional information regarding the Mandela Washington Fellowship program, please see the summary and attachments below. 

In its sixth year, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, which is a program of the U.S. Department of State, aims to invest in the new generation of young African leaders who will shape the continent’s future; provide them with practical skills that can help take their current work in the public, private, and NGO sectors to the next level; and deepen partnerships and connections between the United States and Africa. This June, the Fellowship brought 700 young African professionals, ages 25-35, to the United States for intensive six-week Leadership Institutes at 27 top American educational institutions. Fellows also participated in the sixth annual Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit in Washington, D.C., in late July.

Following the Summit, 70 Fellows have been competitively selected to complete a four-week Professional Development Experience (PDE). PDEs are designed to be substantive, short-term work experiences that allow Fellows to learn about an issue or topic of interest from a U.S. perspective, produce work products valuable to their host, and get exposure to U.S. workplace and organizational culture. There are seven Fellows currently participating in PDEs in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area, in sectors such as health, agriculture, and community development. They will speak about the Fellowship, what they're learning through their PDEs, and their work back in their home countries. 

Lisa Chesko

Twin Cities Rotaract President 2019-2020