The U.N. Security Council has given youth a tool for empowerment

With the December 2015 passage of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2250 on the role of youth and peacebuilding, the international community sent a powerful message to young people around the world: “Your voice really matters a huge amount and your agenda has huge weight,” according to Michael Shipler, a regional...

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What constitutes ‘dangerous speech,’ and what can you do about it?

In the United States, courts have repeatedly protected the rights of those who make hateful comments and post racist images. But the allowance of hate speech doesn’t mean there is unlimited free speech. The courts have also ruled that if someone makes a direct threat against another person or incites...

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Country of the Week: Cameroon

Congratulations, Cameroon — you’re the YALI Network Country of the Week! We are so inspired by your leadership, creativity and commitment to your fellow Cameroonians. Like Fanny Bessem from Buea (above) says, we are strong because “we all support each other.” Read on to learn more about the three young...

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Message from U.S. Ambassador Michael S. Hoza to Cameroon’s YALI Network

It is an honor to congratulate you on your extraordinary achievements, dedication, and commitment as young leaders throughout Cameroon. When President Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in 2010, his aim was to enhance young Africans’ leadership skills, promote entrepreneurship, and connect young African leaders with one another...

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Professional Networking 101

Whether you’re a student, professional, or entrepreneur, having a strong network can make a world of difference when it comes to achieving your goals. While professional networking is often associated with job hunting, its benefits are numerous: in addition to career opportunities, your professional network may offer business leads, knowledge...

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How to Prepare for a Successful Interview

Interviewing for a job can be stressful. You want to make a good impression, but there is a lot at stake and you can’t always anticipate what will happen. Will you be asked a question you don’t know how to answer? Will you appear nervous? Remember that interviewing is a...

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2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship Application Tip: What is a ‘proven record of leadership’?

A 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow from Botswana described being a recipient of the fellowship named after the former South African president and initiated by the first African-American president as “mind-blowing.” No doubt many 2017 MWF hopefuls share this sentiment as they finalize their applications (due by October 26!). They may...

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