Wagner College on Staten Island (SI), New York City (NYC), is a host institution for President Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship programme of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) aims to empower young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and support for activities in their communities. From June 17 through July 31, Wagner is hosting 25 competitively selected young Africans who will participate in a six-week academic institute on Civic Leadership, part of the larger group of 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows being hosted in 40 programs at 37 colleges and universities across the United States this summer.
BRIDGE’s Sibongile Khumalo is one such esteemed fellow. Sibongile joined the BRIDGE team in May 2015 and works as our Head of Operations. She has worked with after school programmes and is passionate about developing others. Beings@Bridge will be following Sibongile’s story as she moves through the fellowship programme in a series titled “Word from Wagner”. Read on to learn about the beginning of her adventure in the Big Apple!