#YALI2023 application season is open!
#YALI2023 application season is open!
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Since 2014, nearly 5,100 young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa have participated in the Fellowship. The Fellows, between the ages of 25 and 35, are accomplished leaders and have established records of promoting innovation and positive impact in their communities and countries. In 2022, the Fellowship will provide 700 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. Apply for the Mandela Washington Fellowship today. Applications close September 13.
We caught up with friend and Humphrey alumnus @tsunga_arnold who shared his @HumphreyProgram Fellowship experience. Apply for the Humphrey Fellowship by June 17 for your own life changing experience.
Phakamani Moyo, our PEPFAR Hero for the month of June, is an inspiring young man with a message for Zimbabwe youth who were born with HIV like him, “I want you to know that being born with HIV is not a death sentence but a new beginning,” he says.
Phakamani was born with HIV in 1992, but did not discover this until age 14 – a reality that became one of the biggest hurdles in his life to date. Phakamani, who is now 29 and has stayed adherent to his antiretroviral treatment (ART) since 2009, is a role model to many young people born with HIV.
As a peer counselor with the Paediatric Adolescent Treatment Africa (PATA) at United Bulawayo Hospital, he uses his personal journey to help young people living with HIV to accept their status, cope with the realities of the disease, and live positively on ART. He also sits on the PATA Youth Advisory Board and the International AIDS Society Stigma Advisory Board advocating for youth-friendly HIV services.
Watch Phakamani’s video here:
Jamming with Moto Republik to bring American and Zimbabwean musicians together!
Applications for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program are due on June 17. View our video to learn more about this life changing opportunity:
PEPFAR Hero: TICHARWA MASIMIRA – Profiling Stories of Courage
Ticharwa Masimira, 69, founder of the Midlands AIDS Service Organization (MASO), is the PEPFAR Hero for the month of May.
He is an HIV advocacy pioneer who authored, “Stories of Courage,” Zimbabwe’s first book profiling the experiences of people living with HIV. Ticharwa established one of the country’s first HIV/AIDS community centers in Mkoba, Gweru, which created opportunities for communities to learn how to respond to HIV.
After 20 years, Ticharwa is now retired, but MASO is still serving communities and Ticharwa is confident that people will continue to learn from its model of care. “Nothing is impossible because learning is a process,” Ticharwa says.
Congratulations @abxnuttyo for winning the Song of the Year award
Congratulations @abxnuttyo for winning the Song of the Year award #Zimusicawards 2021. Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Hastings presented the U.S. sponsored award and highlighted the United States’ commitment to support the growth of an inclusive creative economy in Zimbabwe. #PPCZIMA22, #ABXNuttyO
PEPFAR Hero SENZENI CHIDZIYA – The Viral Load Hero
PEPFAR Hero SENZENI CHIDZIYA – The Viral Load Hero
This month, #PEPFAR introduces 56-year-old Senzeni Chidziya as the April PEPFAR Hero. Senzeni has lived with HIV for 18 years, but the viral load in her body is no longer detectable because she consistently takes her treatment without missing. In her current position as Director of Susceptible Iyanai Chinoda Trust, Chidziya dedicates time to helping defaulters get back on treatment and continue monitoring the virus in their bodies. “My viral load is no longer detectable because I adhere to treatment. As you can see, I am healthy.” Attaining an undetectable viral load is evidence of the efficacy of antiretroviral medicines for people living with HIV. As a PEPFAR Hero, she hopes her legacy will be helping others living with HIV to stay on treatment and monitor their viral load in order to live healthy lives and focus on acquiring livelihood skills.
EducationUSA: What is Unique about a women’s college? As Women’s History Month comes to a close, three professional women discuss how they benefited from studying at a women’s university or college in the United States.
Meg E. Riggs who is currently the Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy in Harare, Fadzi Muzhandu, adviser from EducationUSA, and business consultant, Modester Kamupinda, all graduated from women’s colleges in the US. Enjoy their honest discussion about these learning experiences that prepared them for their lives and professional careers.
#EducationUSA , #WomensHistoryMonth, #WomensEducation, #HBCU,
On this World TB Day, please know that Tuberculosis (TB) is treatable and preventable. #PEPFAR has committed US$7.8 million in 2022 to fund TB prevention and treatment programs in Zimbabwe. #PEPFAR specifically supports TB preventive and treatment services to people living with HIV (PLHIV) who are among those with the highest risk of developing the disease.
Don’t fear TB and don’t wait any longer! Visit your nearest health facility to access services today! #EndTB.
The United States is providing an additional $580 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to support seven partners who are working tirelessly in our global fight against COVID-19.
Chargé d'Affaires Thomas Hastings congratulated the 41 graduates who completed the virtual 2021 #YALI-Mandela Washington Fellowship program.
The flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative empowers young Africans through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking to transform their communities and accomplish their dreams.
Chargé d'Affaires Thomas Hastings congratulated the Creative Industries cohort of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) in a virtual graduation with 58 Zimbabwean women. These industrious women worked hard, sharpened their entrepreneurial skills, and expanded their networks. Click here to view the AWE participants.
On #WorldAIDSDay2021, #PEPFAR remains deeply committed to supporting Zimbabweans with lifesaving HIV services and ensuring all voices are heard in the global HIV response. Listen to Patricia talk about viral load monitoring!
Celebrating Zimbabwe’s #PEPFAR Heroes 2022 who have tirelessly supported their communities, advocated for the disadvantaged, cared for the sick, and told the stories of the HIV epidemic!
Interested in professional mentorship and exchange? Join the TechWomen network of more than 800 women professionals in STEM. Submit your Emerging Leader application by January 5, 2022: http://bit.ly/techwomen2022
Are you an undergraduate student interested in a scholarship to study for one semester in the United States?
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is a fully funded academic and cultural exchange program designed to increase participants’ knowledge and global connectivity.
Visit worldlearning.org/ugrad to learn more, confirm your eligibility, and start your application.
APPLY BY JANUARY 6, 2022!
Apply for #YALI2022
Need inspiration to apply for the #YALI2022 @WashFellowship? Watch this video of 2016 YALI alumni Tinashe Basa to hear about his transformative MWF experience at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. @YALINetwork
Apply for the #YALI2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship now! Don’t wait until the September 15 due date.
Watch this video to learn more about applying for the U.S. Embassy’s third cohort of the transformative Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) initiative.
This year, the 2021 cohort focuses on women active in the Creative and Cultural Industries (CCIs) between 20 – 40 years of age. We encourage women providing ancillary services in the CCIs, such as but not limited to lawyers, gallery owners, talent managers, booking agents, insurance, venue owners, content designers, trade facilitation and other service providers that could support the broader creative community.
Women participating in AWE have access to DreamBuilder, an online course on women’s entrepreneurship. Participants will engage in facilitated sessions on how to manage their business, attend guest presentations by seasoned creative entrepreneurs and practitioners in Zimbabwe and the USA, network with like-minded creative entrepreneurs and have the opportunity to competitively access grant opportunities.
Apply before August 31!
Watch this video of 2017 YALI alumni Nomalanga Ndlovu to hear about her inspiring YALI-MWF experience. Don’t wait, apply for the #YALI2022 before September 15.
#YALI2022 - Alumni Inspiration to Apply!
Need inspiration to apply for the #YALI2022 @WashFellowship? Watch this video of 2019 YALI alumni Linda Sibanyoni to hear about her transformative MWF experience. @YALINetwork
"Pursue your passions. Give back to your community, and to the world. Become the kind of professional you want to be! #StudyWithUS #EducationUSA https://youtu.be/eRYQXiCdVnQ"