Sauvé Fellow, Mame Bousso Ndiaye (Sauvé Scholar 2012-13) was singled out for special recognition by President Barack Obama in his speech to the Town Hall meeting of July 28th with the 500 Young African Mandela Washington fellows of 2014.
“I believe in Mame Bousso Ndiaye. So in Senegal, she’s taking a stand against the human trafficking that condemns too many women and girls to forced labor and sexual slavery. She runs an academy that gives them education and skills to find a job and start new lives. And so, we are so proud of you. Thank you for the good work that you’re doing. We want to help you help these young women and girls to the kind of future of dignity that we want for every woman all across the continent and all around the world.“ Full text of President Obama’s remarks (video)
The Jeanne Sauvé Foundation is honoured to join President Obama in saluting Mame! We are SO proud of you!
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
On July 28, 2014, in front of 500 exceptional young leaders, President Obama announced the renaming of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in honor of Nelson Mandela. He also announced that the United States intends to double the number of annual participants in the Mandela Washington Fellowship to 1000 by the summer of 2016.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies President Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa. The first class of Mandela Washington Fellows arrived in June 2014 for six weeks of intensive executive leadership training, networking, and skills building, followed by a Presidential Summit in Washington, DC. Through this initiative, young African leaders are gaining the skills and connections they need to accelerate their own career trajectories and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.
The Class of 2014
Selected from nearly 50,000 applications, the 500 Mandela Washington Fellows represent the extraordinary promise of an emerging generation of entrepreneurs, activists, and public officials. Mandela Washington Fellows are between 25 and 35 years old; have proven track records of leadership in a public, private, or civic organization; and demonstrate a strong commitment to contributing their skills and talents to building and serving their communities. The first class of Fellows represents all 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and includes equal numbers of men and women. Despite their youth, more than 75 percent of Fellows already hold a mid-level or executive position, and 48 percent have a graduate degree. Twenty-five percent of Fellows currently work in a non-governmental institution and 39 percent of them operate their own business. Nearly all Fellows are the first in their families to visit the United States.
Meet the Fellows
Sokhna Mame Bousso Ndiaye, Senegal, Civic Leadership, Tulane University
Mame Bousso is a social entrepreneur and civil society activist that has over ten years of experience working on the social and economic reintegration and empowerment of youth and women. She is the founder and Executive Director of Solidarité Active, a community-based organization that she created in 2003. Mame develops programs in social reintegration and vocational training for children and women in difficulties and those who are in prison through the Second Chance Academy.
She also implements programs related to capacity building and support for the creation of income-generating activities for women and youth in suburbs of Dakar and in rural areas through the Solidarity Guaranty Fund. In addition, she helps to implement Women Future Leaders, a leadership program that helps girls develop their leadership skills and participate in
decision-making and community activities. Mame is a trainer in Leadership and Personal Development.
Upon completion of the Washington Fellowship she plans to expand the leadership training program to other African countries and strength Solidarité Active programs on community development