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Reading: Sierra Leone’s Youth Envoy, Yulisa Ahmadu Bridges the Gap between Youth and the US Embassy
Reading: Sierra Leone’s Youth Envoy, Yulisa Ahmadu Bridges the Gap between Youth and the US Embassy

Sierra Leone’s Youth Envoy, Yulisa Ahmadu Bridges the Gap between Youth and the US Embassy

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Sierra Leonean Youth Envoy, Yulisa Ahmadu, recently facilitated a significant opportunity for the country’s youth. Through his efforts, he connected the Mandela Washington Fellowship 2023 Sierra Leone Youth with the Embassy of Sierra Leone to the US. This connection is set to open up a world of possibilities for the participants, empowering them and expanding their opportunities in the United States.

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Ahmadu expressed his excitement about this achievement, stating, “Excited as I connected the amazing Mandela Washington Fellowship 2023 Sierra Leone Youths with the Embassy of #SierraLeone to the US. We had a fruitful discussion with Ambassador HE @SidiqueWai and his dynamic team on empowering our youth and expanding opportunities in the United States for the participants. As Youth Envoy, I am always delighted to connect Sierra Leonean Youths to the right resources globally.”

This initiative is a testament to Ahmadu’s dedication to empowering and uplifting the youth of Sierra Leone. By connecting them with the right resources and opportunities, he is paving the way for their success and growth.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, launched in 2014, is a flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). It provides young African leaders with the opportunity to enhance their skills, network with fellow change-makers, and collaborate on projects that address key challenges in their communities.

Through this fellowship, Sierra Leonean youth will have the chance to engage with like-minded individuals from across Africa, exchange ideas, and gain valuable insights into leadership and entrepreneurship. They will also have access to resources and mentorship that will further support their personal and professional development.

Connecting these young leaders with the Embassy of Sierra Leone to the US opens doors to a plethora of opportunities. It allows them to establish valuable connections with diplomats, professionals, and experts in various fields. They can explore potential collaborations, internships, or even pursue higher education in the United States.

This initiative aligns with Sierra Leone’s commitment to investing in its youth and providing them with the tools they need to succeed. The government recognizes that the youth are the future of the nation and empowering them is crucial for sustainable development.

By connecting Sierra Leonean youth to global resources and opportunities, Ahmadu is playing a pivotal role in shaping their futures. He understands the transformative power of access to education, networks, and mentorship, and is actively working to bridge the gap between Sierra Leonean youth and these resources.

As Youth Envoy, Ahmadu serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for young people in Sierra Leone. His dedication to their empowerment and his efforts to connect them with global opportunities are commendable.

Sierra Leonean youth now have a chance to not only learn from their counterparts across Africa but also to engage with the international community. This exposure will broaden their horizons, foster innovation, and equip them with the skills necessary to contribute meaningfully to their communities and the nation as a whole.

The impact of this initiative will extend far beyond the participants of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. As these young leaders return to Sierra Leone, they will bring back valuable knowledge, experiences, and connections that can be shared with others. This ripple effect has the potential to inspire and empower countless other young people in the country.

Ahmadu’s commitment to connecting Sierra Leonean youth with global resources is a testament to his passion for youth development. Through his efforts, he is creating a pathway for success and enabling Sierra Leonean youth to thrive on a global stage.

Sierra Leone’s future looks promising with advocates like Yulisa Ahmadu championing the cause of youth empowerment. As he continues his work as Youth Envoy, there is no doubt that he will continue to make a significant impact on the lives of young people in Sierra Leone.

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Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean communication strategist, fixer, blogger, youth organiser, event manager, spokesperson, and public relations expert. His work has been regularly referenced and published by national and international media and public policy institutions. Sallu Kamuskay was a child during the brutal war in Sierra Leone. Growing up in the midst of conflict, Sallu witnessed unimaginable abuse of children and gross violations of human rights. The horrors he witnessed during the Civil War had a terrible impact on him at a very tender age. But despite the shock of the war, Sallu never lost hope. He started on a journey of recovery, studying, and working for a better future. At age 15, Sallu entered into the world of activism and advocacy. Sallu Kamuskay was the Vice President of the Young Leaders Organisation, a member of the National Youth Council. The Young Leaders is one of the oldest youth-led organisations in West Africa. 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