Announcing 2017 Fellowship Hosts of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative
The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) brings 250 business and social entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States in the fall to collaborate with their counterparts in businesses and civil society organizations in 24 cities across the United States. Through this exchange program, Fellows advance their entrepreneurial ideas and build leadership skills to effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities.

The success of the YLAI program would not be possible without the partnership of our local Fellowship Hosts! We look forward to joining Fellows with their hosts at the following organizations:
Powerful and personal stories narrated firsthand from two of our 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni. Kyapalushi Kapatomoyo (Zambia) and Christian Fonye (Cameroon) are strong advocates for peace in their countries. Hear what motivated them to grow into the roles where they serve today.

This month, we welcome Meg Freshwater to the Presidential Precinct team as our Senior Program Officer!

Meg has ten years of government experience working on Capitol Hill and in the White House. Prior to joining the Precinct, Meg served for five years in the Obama Administration, initially as the Director of Correspondence in the office of First Lady Michelle Obama and then in the National Security Council (NSC) as Deputy Director of Visits, Planning, and Diplomatic Affairs and Advisor to the NSC Chief of Staff.
James B. Murray, Jr. the Precinct's founder, shares an article that he hopes may be interesting or thought provoking for the Precinct's constituencies. In particular we hope to attract the attention of young leaders from around the world who may look to the Precinct for an unbiased, non-judgmental window into current thinking on democracy, the rule of law and best political practices. We will post each article on the Precinct Network in the spirit of stimulating dialogue and critical thinking.

By: Deirdre Nansen McCloskey

"This month's posting provides an uncommon answer to a question that often preoccupies many of or Precinct constituents: Why do some nations or some groups of people prosper while neighboring groups are failing? What if the answer were as simple as: Empower your middle class?"

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