Miami Council for International Visitors (MCIV) is playing host to six young African leaders at the Innovation Summit and Mentoring Partnership with Young African Leaders hosted by the state department.
The three-week professional development program will run through June 28. The Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton had welcomed the visitors on the 13th of June. The objective of the program is engage Young African Leaders who are actively promoting change in their communities and it is a part of the Barack Obama’s long-term program.
The six representatives from Africa include Segun Shetan, the Nigerian founder of Bright Youth Organisation, Eileen Barbosa, economic advisor to the Prime Minister of Cape Verde; Curtiss Dakpogan, director of operations at the Port of Cotonou in Benin; Jacqueline Mkindi, executive director of the Tanzanian Horticulture Association; Saraha Rasoambolanoro, manager of a youth civic center in Madagascar and Fistame Woldemichael, a children’s author and publisher of Habte Books in Ethiopia.
The visitors will have two-weeks hands-on experience about the American culture and workplace. They will also visit the Port of Miami, Paradise Farms, Talcocy Center amongst other places. They will also be at the performance of Grammy-Winning Classical Guitarist, Andrew York at a local church during their stay.
Other participants will travel to business internships in Seattle, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Huntsville, Denver, Chicago and Cincinnati for the mentoring partnership with other U.S. companies and non-profit organizations.