YALI Alumni Inspire Togolese Youth

2016 Mandela Washington Fellows, and Ambassador Gilmour
2016 Mandela Washington Fellows, and Ambassador Gilmour

Alumni of the Young African Leaders Initiative in Togo organized an event Aug. 9 in Lomé to celebrate International Youth Day. Over 200 young people, mostly university students, gathered to take part in a day of presentations, lectures, and round tables focused on how youth can engage and contribute to major issues of the day in Togo, such as battling corruption, mobilizing democratic participation, and women’s empowerment. The event also featured a screening of the YALI Summit Town Hall conducted by President Obama in Washington D.C. on Aug. 3, followed by a question and answer session led by three recently returned 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows, and Ambassador Gilmour. The spirited session included discussions of how the Fellowship impacted the views of the participants, and how they will use their skills and knowledge to benefit Togo. The event also featured information sessions on studying in the U.S. and applying for U.S. exchange programs, conducted by staff of the Public Affairs Section.

Lomé to celebrate International Youth Day