WID has had the incredible honor of working with some of the world’s most innovative young leaders in the disability rights arena. Over the years, we have accepted fellows from both the the Young African Leadership Initiative (specifically, the Mandela Washington Fellowship Civic Leadership Institute) and the Community Solutions Program.
For many of these international fellows, this is their first time to the United States. We introduce them to disability-focused activities and services that brand new to them; we tour them around our beautiful, universally designed building and introduce them to other tenants who also focus on disability rights. From Goalball and adaptive cycling to hiking and site seeing, WID involves our fellows in all the Bay Area has to offer to ensure that our fellows’ limited time here is enjoyed to the fullest. It is a pleasure and delight to work with these young leaders.
Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI)
Beginning in 2014, WID has received some of Africa’s best and brightest through Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI). Each summer, WID hosts a handful of young leaders as part of YALI’s flagship program, the Mandela Washington Fellowship Civic Leadership Institute, held at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
This program is designated to empower young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership, training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities and support for activities in their communities; WID strives to embody these six pillars and to give each of the fellows a unique and helpful experience. WID is proudly hosts the 1% of YALI fellows who have disabilities.
Community Solutions Program (CSP)
In 2016, WID also opened its doors to world-class fellows from the Community Solutions Program. This program focuses on professional development for global community leaders who work on transparency and accountability, tolerance and conflict resolution, environmental issues, and women and gender issues. Fellows chosen for this fellowship spend four months in America with a nonprofit organization or government agency. They also take online courses and design follow-up projects to implement when they return to their home countries.
Words from the Fellows Themselves
- 2016 Long-Term CSP Fellow, Roshan Samarawickrama (Sri Lanka): Roshan’s Farewell Blog
- 2016 Long-Term YALI Fellow, Mauot Anyang (South Sudan): Mauot’s Farewell Blog
- 2016 Long-Term YALI Fellow, Mauot Anyang (South Sudan) and 2016 Long-Term CSP Fellow, Roshan Samarawickrama (Sri Lanka): Mauot’s and Roshan’s Presentations about Disability in Their Home Countries
- 2016 Short-Term YALI Fellows, Feri Gwata (Zimbabwe) and Temitope Okupe (Nigeria): Feri and Temi Reflect on Their Time at WID
- 2015 Long-Term YALI Fellow, Alieu Jaiteh (The Gambia): Video Interview below
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