Sen. Kaine Speaks to Young African Leadership Initiative at UVa.

June 16, 2014

Senator Tim Kaine spoke at the University of Virginia Monday, kicking off the Young African Leadership Initiative.

The 6-week long program gives 500 fellows from Africa a chance to attend leadership, academic and mentoring programs. UVa. is hosting 25 of the fellows as part of the Presidential Precinct. The curriculum focuses on civic leadership.

"These will be the next heads of ministries across the continent," said Neal Piper, managing director of the Presidential Precinct. "These will be the next CEOs of companies and the heads of MGOs across the continent so they will be shaping the communities moving forward so this is a very important investment in these leaders."

Over 50,000 men and women in Africa applied for the fellowship. The 500 selected come from 18 countries across Africa and include teachers, journalists and human rights activists.

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