Today, young African leaders attending the President’s forum got the opportunity to visit and meet firsthand with some U.S. Senators and Congressmen/women such as Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, Senator Isakon of Georgia, Congressman Donald Payne among others on Capitol Hill.
After the meeting, the delegates proceeded to the Peace Corps Headquarters, where they explored and bounced ideas about innovative approaches to development through social entrepreneurship and increased civic engagement.
The young leaders enlisted to visit different community service organizations along with former Peace Corps volunteers, in order to gain hands-on experience in volunteerism.
The organizations visited include the DC Central Kitchen, where delegates had the opportunity to dialogue with the organization’s CEO and Head Chef, and then work with the Chef in preparing meals, the Boys and Girls Club of Washington, the Capital Area Food Bank and some other service organizations in the D.C. area.
Pictures of some of the Young African leaders at the First Baptist Church Senior Center where they met with staff and participated in poetry reading, card and jewelry making with the senior citizens…
Jen Ehidiamen is committed to exploring and using the media as an advocacy tool for youth development and empowerment. She writes a column called “Dis Generation” in The Nation newspaper and blogs at Youth Making Change. Jen is CP-Africa’s Features Editor.