As an implementing partner of the U.S. Department of State’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders program, UGA has the privilege of hosting some of Africa's most promising young leaders.

During their six weeks on campus, the Mandela Washington Fellows take part in a rigorous Leadership in Civic Engagement Institute, which covers topics such as organizational development and diversity, youth empowerment, advocacy, and strategic planning for NGO development.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship at the University of Georgia also features valuable networking experiences with local and regional entrepreneurs, civic and community leaders, researchers, and academics throughout Georgia, Alabama, and New Orleans. Weekly site visits round out the MWF programming with visits to dozens of corporations, foundations, non-profits, and civic organizations across the region, where Fellows can observe the application of different academic topics taught in the institute in the real world.

Additionally, service learning, leadership activities, and cultural exchange events are core components of the program at UGA. Each year, UGA Fellows contribute more than 300 collective hours of community service to the Athens Community through volunteering with organizations like the Senior Hunger Coalition, Books for Keeps, and Extra Special People, Inc. They have also had many opportunities to take in the culture of the U.S. from exploring The World of Coke, to attending America’s favorite pastime sport, an Atlanta Braves Baseball Game.

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