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Ten Plus Ten: Welcome Opening and Opening Session
May 24 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Welcoming and Opening Plenary will kick off this milestone event with words of welcome from senior U.S. and African officials who will look back on 10 years of YALI, and why it matters to the United States and Africa. They will also affirm their commitment to Africa’s youth and to YALI. This session will also feature a YALI alumnus giving words of appreciation on behalf of YALI beneficiaries for the last 10 years of the program.
Keynote Address (Session 2) will be featuring the General Manager of YALI TV Selasie Stephen Asuo and the NBA Champion Serge Ibaka (the Mafuzzy Chef).
This session will feature remarks from U.S. and African officials, highlighting the core pillars and elements of the United States engagement strategies towards Africa and the power of initiatives such as YALI to position youth at the forefront of developing a positive and mutually beneficial future for U.S.-Africa relations.
This session is intended to be a conversation with YALI alumni to get a youth perspective on the causes and drivers of conflict and insecurity; what is working well and what is not; what youth are doing to mitigate conflict and help build peace in their communities and countries; and what can be done to create more space for youth to contribute, as well as their perspective on what international partners, such as the United States, can do to help add value to conflict management and peacebuilding in Africa.
Topic: Youth, Conflict Management, and Peacebuilding in Africa