The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Barack Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The Fellowship empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and support for activities in their communities. Fellows are young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa who have a proven record of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, or communities.
The goals of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders are to build and sustain a prestigious network of young leaders across critical sectors and cement stronger ties between Africa and the United States. The Mandela Washington Fellowship program for Young African Leaders represent the extraordinary promise of an emerging generation of entrepreneurs, activists, and public officials. Upon returning to their home countries, the Fellows have access to professional development opportunities, mentoring, networking and training, and seed funding to support their ideas, businesses, and organizations.
Clark Atlanta University is among the 20 institutions of higher education selected competitively to implement the Mandela Washington Fellowship. It is one of seven institutions selected to focus and implement the Business and Entrepreneurship (B & E) component for fellows during their six-week visit. CAU School of Business is the only private HBCU hosting this distinctive and prestigious program in B & E.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. government and supported by numerous private and public institutions in its implementation. The Business and Entrepreneurship Institute is organized and implemented by the Clark Atlanta University School of Business with corporate support and partnerships from the Coca-Cola Foundation, Atlanta Airport Authority, UPS, and IBM.