The May 2016 Monthly Newsletter for the Presidential Precinct.

For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Department of State has selected the Presidential Precinct as a partner with the Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. We’re counting down the days until the YALI Fellows arrive at the Precinct and excited to announce their impressive backgrounds in The Exchange next month.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship will bring 1,000 young african leaders to the United States this summer for academic coursework and leadership training and will create unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations, communities, and countries.

Our Impact

Updates from Bambama: Espace Opoko
This month starts off with #TeachersWeek, and we’re celebrating leaders like Averty Ndzoyi, working tirelessly in the Republic of the Congo to keep indigenous middle and high school students in school. Read about recent progress that Averty has driven through his organization, Espace Opoko, in the Bambama community.

Marie Lina Excellent and the Global Leadership Forum
Hear from Marie Lina Excellent, 
a Fulbright Scholar from Haiti pursuing her Masters in Public Health Leadership at the University of North Carolina-Gillings School of Global Public Health. Marie was a participant in our 2015 Global Leadership Forum where she presented her ignite talk on Insights into Effective Leadership.
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Precinct Partner Receives National News Spotlight

Recent archaeological digs at James Monroe’s Highland have revealed brand new information about the history of the president’s home. Precinct program participants will soon be witnessing this lesson in the dynamism of historical preservation, as Highland continually seeks to deepen its depiction and narration of the Monroe family.

Applications Open for 
Leaders of the Americas Initiative

This program aims to empower Latin American and Caribbean business and social entrepreneurs to transform their societies and contribute more fully to economic and social development. 

Reves Center for International
Studies Receives Simon Award

Named for the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, NAFSA’s Simon Award recognizes colleges and universities that are making significant progress toward comprehensive internationalization.

What We’re Reading
James B. Murray, Jr. the Precinct’s founder, shares an article that he hopes may be interesting or thought provoking for the Precinct’s constituencies. In particular we hope to attract the attention of young leaders from around the world who may look to the Precinct for an unbiased, non-judgmental window into current thinking on democracy, the rule of law and best political practices. We will post each article on the Precinct Network in the spirit of stimulating dialogue and encouraging critical thinking. 

Could regional integration make Africa the next big economic success story?

As the Presidential Precinct gears up to welcome a new cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows next month, our focus turns once again to the continent of Africa. Amongst the more thoughtful and influential proponents of Africa it is hard to find any more dedicated to the Pan-African promise than Mo Ibrahim. His recent prescription for the World Economic Forum at Kigali contains some simple but powerful advice for every African.  – Jim Murray

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