As part of its Youth Development program and in honor of Nelson Mandela International Day, the Washington DC’s Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (MOAA), held its first-ever Young African ConneXions Annual Summit titled African Youth Leadership and Linkages at the Howard University School of Business Auditorium on Friday, July 17, 2015 with a subsequent Mandela Day of Service on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 9:00 am at Good Hope Marketplace.
The summit was held in partnership with the Mandela Washington Fellows,and Howard University, with the aim to bring together bright minds and foster interactions between the District’s African immigrant community and young professionals from the continent on topics such as youth leadership, public service, technology, community advocacy, and the importance of creating sustained linkages. The Summit and Day of Service reflect Mayor Bowser’s policy initiatives that focus on youth, namely Empowering Males of Color (EMOC) and Families, Recreation, Education/Employment, Safety and Health Summer (FRESH Summer) initiatives, and the youth engagement campaign #IWishUKnew. The summit featured two panels and distinguished speakers, including Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, H. E. Mninwa Mahlangu, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa, Pape Samb, Chairman and CEO of the Global Youth Innovation Network, and Naomi Ferguson, 2015 Mandela Fellow.
In recognition of his iconic leadership and his 67 years of public service, Nelson Mandela International Day was launched globally on July 18, 2008 to mark the former South African leader’s birthday. MOAA’s Mandela Day of Service is organized to promote community service and civic engagement of the District’s African communities. Washington DC Government agencies such as Mayor’s Office of the Clean City, Serve DC, DC Youth Advisory Council were joined by local volunteers and community members to conduct a street clean-up and to remove debris on Mandela Day.
Source:DC Mayor’s Office