Problem Solving Through Community Action: An Interactive Chat with Jeff Franco

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead Anyone can think about serving their community, but putting service ideas into action is when real change happens. Jeff Franco of City Year Washington, DC and...

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Running a Clean Campaign

YALI Network member and Regional Leadership Center alum Lone Felix has been interested in politics since his days as a law student at Kenyatta University. Having successfully campaigned for and been elected Student Council president, representing all of the university’s campuses across Kenya, he knows the responsibility that comes with...

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I wasn’t selected to be a Mandela Washington Fellow. What now?

If you were not selected to be a Mandela Washington Fellow for 2017, you are far from alone. Remember that over 64,000 energetic young leaders competed for just 1,000 placements. For many, this isn’t the first time they have faced this particular disappointment. Former Fellows who have been in your...

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Country of the Week: Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the second most populous French-speaking country in the world — second only to France. However, the people of the DRC represent over 200 ethnic groups, speaking nearly 250 languages and dialects throughout the country! Unfortunately, those diverse groups haven’t always gotten along....

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Is there an art to mediating conflicts?

Being a mediator is not really about trying to understand someone else’s conflict in order to help resolve it. It’s more about working with the parties to get them to understand their own conflict, said Peter Sampson, who works at the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) as the...

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