YALI Inspires Hope In Young Ghanaian Leadership

As the country celebrated founder’s day on Monday, the United States of America urged young Ghanaian leaders to take advantage of its online leadership training platforms to better themselves for the development of the country.

Among such initiatives are the “Mandela Washington Fellowship “and “The Young African Leaders Network (YALI),” which have groomed several young leaders in the age brackets of eighteen to thirty five.

The YALI, a flagship programme of the US President, Barack Obama, empowers 500 young people from Africa to acquire leadership skills through academic coursework, leadership training and network to strengthen the democratic institutions.

The initiative is also to spur economic growth and enhance peace and security in Africa.

Speaking to ultimate radio, the Acting Information Officer of the US Embassy Traci Mell indicated that the Obama government had earmarked funds to train young African leaders for the next generation.

Shedding more light on how Ghanaian leaders could hook onto these training programs, she encouraged that any interested person could go to the website to get on board.

She explained that the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program is also open to people within the ages of eighteen (18) and (35).

“It entails a six week intensive executive leadership training, networking and skills building program in the United States which comes off usually between June and July. Following this course, they will be hosted in a town hall with President Obama,” she explained.

“Additionally, there is our Young Africa Leaders Network and this is a network of leaders throughout the continent from the ages of eighteen to thirty five.”

“It’s an online platform which allows networking opportunities, leadership training abilities, she added.

An alumni of the Young African Leadership Initiative, Christiana Okyere is currently programs director of the Data Bank Foundation.

Her NGO deals with issues of mental health leadership and education.

Sharing how the platform had developed her skills, she testified that the training she had received from the classes and the practical work with NGOs had enhanced her abilities at developing sustainable solutions to problems to helping children with disabilities.

“I got the chance to learn about social innovation, social entrepreneurship and I was really empowered and motivated by the presidential summit because I got to hear President Obama and Michelle Obama speak there,”

The number of Ghanaians who have taken part and are striving to be part of this inspiring generational focused program keep souring.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Shamima Muslim, both Ghanaian journalists, and Kofi Asante of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) are among some young Ghanaians that have participated in the YALI programme since it began in 2010.

The others include Hillarius Asiwome Abiwu, Harriet Yayra Adzofu, Regina Agyare, Johannes Arthur, Lily Asare, Ethel Cofie, Ruka De-Liman, Frank Akowuge, Kwasi Owusu and Araba Hammond.

Oteng Karikari, Williams Kwarah, Laud Boateng, Christiana Okyere, Afua Prempeh, Dziedzorm Segbefia, Moses Tia and Valerie Larbie have also partaken of the program.

These fellows for the programme were selected based on their demonstration of leadership skills in their various communities and different fields of endeavour.

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