Get Involved with YALI at Dartmouth

Dartmouth's Mandela Washington Fellows will be in-residence June 18th - July 30th. Would you like to get involved this year?

The Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) for young African leaders is the flagship program of the U.S. Government's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). MWF brings 1000 leaders from sub-Saharan African to select U.S. universities for academic and leadership training as well as experiential learning. Dartmouth College is fortunate to host a cohort of 25 Fellows for six weeks from June 18th to July 30th for a Business and Entrepreneurship Institute. This is the fourth year Dartmouth is hosting a cohort. In addition to academic classes, site visits to Vermont and New Hampshire businesses, and community service, we look for ways to connect Fellows with campus and community members in a number of ways.

Become a Peer Collaborator:

Peer Collaborators should have professional interests and experience in one or more of the areas listed on the “Peer Collaborator Interest Form.” They will meet with Fellows (matched by areas of interest) to share ideas and network. These meetings will be informal (e.g. over lunch, coffee, or drinks) with the goal to develop mutual understanding between U.S. and African citizens. We will pair Peer Collaborators and Fellows based on mutual interests, but the conversation topics are completely up to you! Remote collaborators are also welcomed-- conversations by Skype or phone around areas of shared interest can also help expand networks and be mutually beneficial to fellows and US-based collaborators.

Would you like to grab a coffee and chat with a Mandela Washington Fellow about your professional and personal interests? If so, please fill out this form.

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Become a Homestay Host:

The weekend of July 7-9 is set aside for a Homestay Weekend for Dartmouth's Mandela Washington Fellows.

This experience has proven unforgettable and has forged many lasting relationships for the families and individuals who have hosted our Mandela Washington Fellows of the Young African Leaders Initiative program over the last three summers. The weekend provides a wonderful opportunity for locals to learn more about one of our Fellow's home countries and cultures and gives our Fellows a taste of what life is like in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont. Homestay "families" of all sorts are welcomed: retirees, couples, families with children, etc...

Host families will be asked to pick up Fellows on the Dartmouth campus in the evening on Friday, July 7th. On Sunday, July 9th we will gather at the Dartmouth Outing Club House on Occom Pond for a potluck dinner (Fellows are asked to prepare a meal from their culture with their host family) and Contra Dance. 

If you'd like to be considered as a homestay host for one or two of our Fellows, please fill out this form.  We will be in touch with you in the coming weeks to let you know if we've been able to match your family with a Fellow.

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Attend Mandela Washington Fellow Events:

Throughout June and July we will host open events for community members and Fellows to meet and interact. Examples are networking nights or cultural conversations. If you would like to be added to our e-mail list for notification of these open events, please share your contact details here.

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