BUTLER TWP. — Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm is pleased to announce that it will host Evaline Munisi, a Fellow from Tanzania participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in August and September 2015.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and support for activities in their communities.
Fellows are young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa who have a proven record of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, or communities. The Fellow hosted by Aullwood is part of a larger group of 500 Mandela Washington Fellows across the United States this summer. These exceptional young leaders met with President Obama during a Summit in Washington, DC, and 100 Fellows were competitively selected to take part in a six-week placement in a U.S. company, organization, or government agency.
Founded in 1957 by the National Audubon Society as one of the Midwest’s nature centers, Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm is a treasured resource in southwest Ohio. Aullwood’s 200-acre sanctuary includes six miles of hiking trails winding through prairie, forests, ponds, farmland and meadows. Aullwood also houses the first Head Start preschool on a working farm. Visitors can explore the century-old bank barn and other farm buildings that house both modern and heritage breed livestock. Last year more than 120,000 people – families, youth groups, seniors, singles and individuals with special needs – enjoyed special events, weekend or evening activities, outreach programs or classes.
Evaline Munisi’s Fellowship will focus on land management and citizen science projects including the evaluation and restoration of a wet meadow habitat and participation in butterfly and bird research projects.
“Aullwood is thrilled to host a Mandela Washington Fellow,” says Alexis R. Faust, Aullwood executive director. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Evaline to discover how nature centers lead the way in engaging citizens in conservation action, and our staff is also excited to learn from her many experiences in Tanzania.”
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a program of the U.S. government and supported in its implementation by IREX, an international education and civil society development NGO based in Washington, DC. To learn more about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, please visit mandelawashingtonfellowship.state.gov. To learn more about how IREX helped more than 2 million people worldwide in 2014, please visit www.irex.org/annual-reports/2014