The Mandela Washington Fellowship

The Presidential Precinct is one of 20 original institutions selected by the Department of State to host the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders over a five-year period beginning in 2014. The Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

The Fellowship is highly competitive. For the 2018 application, over 60,000 young leaders applied for 700 Fellowship positions.

Each summer, the Presidential Precinct hosts a six-week Civic Leadership Institute oriented toward Fellows who are serving the public through non-governmental organizations, community based organizations, or volunteerism. Civic Leadership Institutes build technical and leadership capacity in areas such as citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activism, political organizing and leadership, and strategic problem solving.

The Precinct’s class of 25 Fellows participates in academic sessions, cultural and social activities, networking, and community service and engagement at all six of the Precinct’s partner sites.