On June 3, 2016 the Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Andrew Young, hosted a reception for former and current participants of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program (MWF). The MWF is the summer exchange program which is part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). This meeting was an opportunity to welcome back returning 2015 Fellows and send off our 2016 participants who will depart for the United States this month. This year we are proud to have 10 strong and diverse leaders who will represent Mali in this prestigious program. This year’s fellows will participate in leadership programs at different universities across the United States, followed by President Obama’s youth summit in Washington D.C.