Clark Atlanta University has received a $20,000 grant from The UPS Foundation  for the school’s 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

The annual fellowship, empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities and local community engagement, serves as the flagship program for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

For the fifth consecutive year Clark Atlanta has been selected as a university partner for this vital program. The fellowship.

Through the program, Clark Atlanta University has hosted 25 students from 18 African countries.

Their activities included a hands-on learning day at the UPS headquarters in Atlanta. Additionally, they experienced site visits to other Atlanta anchor companies, including IBM, The Coca-Cola Company and Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.

They also exercised their philanthropic muscles with community service opportunities with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Trees Atlanta and MedShare International.

“We are honored to receive this vital donation from The UPS Foundation,” Mesfin Bezuneh, program director of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for CAU “Funding is a critical component for us to be able to continue this important initiative. We are immensely grateful for UPS’s generosity.”

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety and the environment.

“The UPS Foundation is honored to support the Young African Leaders Initiative efforts to engage rising African leaders,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”

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