Texas Tech welcomes the Mandela Washington Fellowship

Texas Tech welcomes the Mandela Washington Fellowship

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Texas Tech hosted 25 fellows from the Mandela Washington Fellowship.  

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a program of the Young African Leaders Initiative to empower young leaders through academics, leadership training and networking opportunities.

"These are people who had to demonstrate that they are doing things in their communities to affect positive change, to grow and help," said Amy Boren, Tech assistant professor. "We received a group mostly focused on public and non-profit management."

These young leaders take classes from different colleges on campus while going around to see the different ways the community helps locally.  

"The number one thing that really inspires me, especially about the Lubbock community, is everyone is involved in somehow giving back to the community," said Sidney Chahonyo, Mandela Washington fellow. "We visited the South Plains Food Bank, the medical center, we visited a lot, we visited United Way and the overriding thing that I've seen is everyone wants to give back and serve the community"

Chanonyo said he has enjoyed his time in Lubbock and looks forward to going back to Kenya to implement the things he has learned here to take his community to a new level.

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