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YALI Fellows On Hand To Keep Runners Cool During Atlanta’s Annual AJC Peachtree Road Race

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017

Opening Reception for 2017 Fellows (Photo Credit: Curtis McDowell)

Contact: Tenisha Taylor Bell
(678) 429-4254

ATLANTA (June 28, 2017) – Twenty-five (25) young African leaders will greet 60,000 runners at the annual AJC Peachtree Road Race on Tuesday, July 4th. The fellows will serve water and international smiles at the ‘Mile 1 Water Stop’ of the world’s largest 10K, located on the west side of Peachtree Road, also called “Runner Right.”

The fellows are visiting Atlanta as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The program is a partnership between Clark Atlanta University (CAU) and the U.S. Department of State. CAU is the only Historically Black College & University (HBCU) to host YALI.

“Volunteering for the AJC Peachtree Road Race is an annual tradition for many volunteers on July 4th,” says Caryn Lamphier, Atlanta Track Club Manager of Volunteer Services. “The YALI fellows from CAU have the unique experience of seeing every single one of our participants pass by; from the very first wheelchair participant, to the elite field, to our military teams, to our last runner to come through.   Atlanta Track Club is honored and excited to work with the YALI fellows, and hope to make this partnership part of their Independence Day tradition!”

The fellows are professional leaders representing several African countries including: Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. “We are tremendously excited about the arrival of this year’s class,” says Ronald A. Johnson, CAU President. “Hosting these global entrepreneurs and leaders allows our university to tap into an expanding global enterprise,” he adds.

While in Atlanta, the fellows will be immersed in an intensive, six-week program of academic, entrepreneurship and leadership training. Their rigorous schedule includes professional development experiences, community service, iconic encounters and historic site visits including:

˙July 18th Nelson Mandela International Day: Fulton County Government leaders will host a Mandela Leadership panel with the fellows.

˙July 19th President Jimmy Carter: Meet and greet with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter at the Carter Center.

˙July 27th Ambassador Andrew Young: Lunch with Ambassador Andrew Young.

The Fellows will conclude their YALI experience at a Summit in Washington, D.C.. Several of them will engage in an additional six-weeks of individually tailored professional development training with U.S. non-governmental organizations, private companies and government agencies. 

For more information about Clark Atlanta University’s 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship Business and Entrepreneurship Institute, contact Mesfin Bezuneh at mbezuneh@cau.edu or 404-880-6274.

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Keywords: Mandela Washington Fellows, AJC Peachtree Road Race