On the 20 June 2018, Nkateko Masinga went to the United States of America (USA), taking part in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) which was initiated by former President of the the United States, Barack Obama in 2013.
Nkateko will be studying Civic Leadership at Wagner College in New York for the first six weeks of her fellowship, which will be followed by a Summit in Washington DC where she will meet and network with other young leaders from Africa as well as the United States.
Wagner College is a private, national liberal arts college in the New York City borough of Staten Island, New York, United States. Founded in 1883 and with a current enrollment of approximately 2,200 students, Wagner is known for its academic program, the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts. The college is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Nkateko will be honing her skills at an institution with a rich history and a commitment to the arts as well as civic engagement, two things she is passionate about. She hopes to return with knowledge that will be beneficial to the organisations she is affiliated with, particularly with regard to expanding the corporate social responsibility divisions of such organisations.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.
In 2018, the Fellowship will provide up to 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. higher education institution with support for professional development after they return home. Institutes focus on leadership and skills development in one of three tracks: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, or Public Management.