I can’t quite effectively express on paper how happy I was to be awarded the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship! 🙂 🙂 🙂 I was ecstatic through the roof! I am going to share my whole journey of this experience here because from when I decided I was going to apply, I searched every nook of the internet for a resource such as this but failed to find it.
This is to encourage those who want to apply that you should definitely do so because the YALI program experience is beyond any other I have ever undergone. It is also for the amazing dreamers that unfortunately do not get selected, (I feel pretty special that I was 1 selected out of over 64,000) do not stop dreaming and making that difference within your community!
I hope you can vicariously live the YALI dream through my experience. Like Nelson Mandela is quoted to have said, “It is in your hands to make a better world for all who live in it.” Life ultimately comes down to what you are doing to improve your community.
Someone who randomly landed on my blog is wondering what I am blabbering about 😀 let me demystify this for you! The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.
In 2017, the Fellowship provides 1,000 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university with support for professional development after they return home. The Fellows have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries.
In 2017, Fellows represent a diverse group of leaders from 48 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. Fifty-one Fellows identify as having a disability, and 50 percent of Fellows are women.
By the way, I have over five years of experience in the health sector of Uganda. I am Co-Founder and CEO at Clear Your Mind, where we build technologies focused on mitigating the mental health illness of depression before it becomes chronic.
We also raise awareness about mental health within Ugandan communities to contribute to reduction of the stigmatization of mentally ill or depressed people. I have certifications in Public Health from John Hopkins and Bloomberg University of Public Health and are currently pursuing a diploma in Psychology.
I am super passionate about technology and the power it has to transform the health sector. The bulk of my work as Clear Your Mind CEO involves development, review and refinement of the company’s business strategy and execution of that strategy to obtain a leading position in the marketplace.
I have chosen the path of entrepreneurship within the health sector because health is what makes everything else relevant. In that regard, I desire to make a big difference where it matters most. I like to think that I am an innovative business leader and upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, I plan to continue my work raising awareness of mental health.
That said, let’s delve right into this. Feel free to share, and to leave your thoughts below in the comments section. You may also follow a lot of the conversation similar to this on social media using #YALI2017, #MWF2017, #MyYaliExperience, #YALIatDrake Oh my, the power of social media! Anyways, I hope you enjoy thine self as much as I have enjoyed writing this! 🙂