Mr Christopher J. Lamora, the Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy, has hosted a celebratory and networking event, aimed at cheering members of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and to spur them on to greater heights.
The gathered members were from all three branches of the YALI family, namely: The Mandela Washington Fellows; the YALI Regional Leadership Centre participants; and active members of the online YALI Network.
A statement copied to the Ghana News Agency by the US Embassy, on Thursday, said the event was an opportunity to recognise the contributions of “these young leaders, and to urge them to look beyond their communities.
It was also to seek ways to work together to promote security, good governance, prosperity, and opportunity nationwide and across the continent”.
Mr. Lamora, in his remark, called for solidarity among the members of the three YALI pillars, saying, “There are a half a million aspiring young African leaders in the YALI Network and 40,000 of them are here in Ghana!,” he said.
“Think of the positive changes 40,000 young people could make by connecting and collaborating with one another, no matter which YALI programme they participated in.”
Also present at the event were representatives from the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Information and Programmes (IIP) which administers the online YALI Network and works closely with Department of State and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) colleagues in embassies across Africa.
The IIP representatives work to leverage the influence of more than half a million digital activists through the YALI Network.
While in Accra, the IIP team trained employees from 16 US Embassies throughout Africa, as well as the USAID-administered Regional Leadership Centre (located at GIMPA) on strategies to engage youth and train them on how to administer online courses on good governance, civic education, disability rights, empowering and building opportunities for women and girls, and protecting the environment.