(Washington, DC) –The Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (MOAA), as part of its 10th Year Anniversary Celebrations and its Youth Development Program, will host its second annual Young African ConneXions Annual Summit titled Impact through Leadership, Civic Engagement, and Social Entrepreneurship on Friday, July 15, 2016. In partnership with the Mandela Washington Fellowship programs of Howard University, and Wagner College, the summit aims to create a platform that will bring together bright minds for idea-focused peer-to-peer exchanges. The summit will also foster interactions between the District’s African immigrant community and young professionals from the continent on topics such as leadership, technology, education, and the importance of creating sustained linkages.
Inspired by former South African President Nelson Mandela’s life and years of public service, MOAA will host its second annual Mandela Day of Service in the District on Saturday, July 16, 2016. Members of the African community and interested volunteers will join MOAA staff and other District residents in conducting a clean-up at the Anacostia River. Nelson Mandela International Day was launched on July 18, 2008 to mark the former South African leader’s birthday and in recognition of the his iconic leadership and his 67 years of public service. Similarly, MOAA’s Mandela Day of Service strengthens community building and bolsters Mayor Bowser’s policy initiatives that focus on the District’s youth. This year’s Mandela Day of Service is conducted in partnership with Serve DC, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Parks and Recreation, DC Fire and EMS Department, and Metropolitan Police Department. Private sector partners include Path to Greatness, The Alice Ferguson Foundation, and the Mandela Washington Fellows for Young African Leaders, Howard University and Wagner College.
The summit is free and open to the public. Free raffle ticket draws for airline tickets to South Africa will be conducted at both programs, courtesy of the corporate sponsor, South African Airways.