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The Mandela Washington Fellowship or MWF has provided hope for Liberian youths. The Fellowship has embarked on several initiatives, including the provision of support to the vulnerable across the country.

The organization is a local group with the passion of creating traveling opportunities, as well as training and capacity-building, among initiatives, for youths who lack the opportunities to acquire
such.

The newly elected Secretary General of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Liberia Chapter, Mr. Joseph Chea told UNMIL Radio’s Coffee Break on Monday that the Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). President Obama launched YALI to support young Africans as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance and enhance peace and security across Africa.

According to him, the Fellowship takes young leaders to the United States for academic coursework and leadership training, as well as creates unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations, communities, and countries.

Mr. Joseph Chea said the goals and mission of the MWF Liberia Chapter is to Invest in a new generation of young African leaders who are shaping the continent’s future response to the strong demand by young African leaders for practical skills to help take their work to the next level in the fields of public service and business.

“We thought to launch this initiative here in Liberia to help many of our young people who don’t have the same equal opportunity with others to partake in this process – something which they will be able to get the chance to learn activities that will benefit them in the future,” Mr. Chea indicated, further stressing that the MWF Liberia Chapter was also working youth and young adult in various communities across the country, as well as providing different trainings, capacity-building and public sector management to ensure that they find themselves doing something after leaving high school.

By Lewis S. Teh

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