About YALI

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)  provides members with invaluable opportunities to connect with other leaders in their community and to learn from experts in their field. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, started in 2014, and is the flagship YALI program that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. The Fellows that are selected to participate have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries.

For the third year, Iowa JPEC welcomed 25 Mandela Washington Fellows from Sub-Saharan African countries to the University of Iowa to partake in the 2018 program. 

View past years of program      

2018 Program facts

Across the nation

  • 49 Sub-Saharan countries
  • 3 Tracks (Business & Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, and Public Management)
  • 28 Host Universities & Colleges
  • 700 Fellows selected
  • 220,000+ Program Applicants

University of Iowa program

  • 25 Fellows
  • 20 Countries represented
  • 12 women, 13 men
  • Business & Entrepreneurship focus
  • Non-profit & for profit projects
  • Fellows' interests include: Agriculture & Agribusiness, Business, IT, Education, Community Development, Women/Girls Issues, Children & Youth, Health & Medical Issues, Media, and more

About the UI Fellowship program

MWF Company Visit

Company Visits

The MWF program provides Fellows the opportunity to visit different companies during their time in Iowa City. These visits will allow them to gain real-world applications and experiences of various aspects of business. To find out more about the companies our 2018 Fellows will be visiting click here.

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Entrepreneurship Training

During the MWF program, the Fellows are provided with the opportunity to complete an accelerated version of Iowa JPEC's Venture School program. Venture School is statewide Iowa program for young companies that helps them accelerate through startup process. To learn more about Venture School, click here.

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Hear from our past Fellows

Read past Fellows testimonials on their experiences in the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Hear about their favorite parts of the program, what they learned, and where they are now. 

Meet the fellows