Mandela Washington Fellowship YALI

On Tuesday, July 25, this year's delegation of 25 Mandela Washington Fellows from the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) visited the Kuder, Inc. headquarters in Adel, Iowa. 

The Fellows are young leaders who have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. They occupy the fields of engineering, health services, journalism, computer science, manufacturing, financial services, and humanitarian relief.

Drake University is hosting a six-week program for the Fellows, with the aim of introducing them to the greater Des Moines business, community and culture through academic study, cultural activities, professional networking opportunities, and visits to local corporate and community partners. 

Kuder was honored to be included in the YALI program last July, so we were eager for the opportunity to be involved again this year. During their time at Kuder, we provided the group with a demonstration of the Rwanda Career Planning System, powered by Kuder® (RCPS), which serves secondary students throughout the country. The video below tells the story of how Kuder is playing a role in supporting the country's efforts to streamline the education sector and cultivate a knowledge-based society.

Dorine Orchydee Mekame, who serves as assistant advisor to the Gabon Prime Minister's Office, said that a career guidance program like the RCPS would be beneficial for students in Gabon because it would “help them find their own way to their dream career, instead of maybe living out their parents’ dream career.”

Mekame added, “Leaders need to instill good habits and mindsets [in] younger generations so that [youth] can grow into leaders themselves.”


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J. Clayton Kennedy

J. Clayton Kennedy is vice president of global client relations for Kuder.  

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