Posted by Jesse Robbins & Andy Duback on Aug 10, 2018
Today we were lucky to meet with adult mentors and one student from the Pan-African Youth Leadership Program.
 
Pictured above (L to R) is President Eric H., adult mentor Afonso Garcia from Angola, student Diamond Ziambo from Liberia and adult mentor Sunday Dlomo from Swaziland.
 
Sunday and Afonso are staying with Rotarian Jesse Robin for the duration of the Vermont program.  Diamond is staying with Andy Duback's family.
 
All three visitors explained to our club the mission of the Pan-African Youth Leadership program, which is sponsored by the Vermont Council on World Affairs.
 
The program's mission is also nicely explained on their web site, where one can also volunteer to host program participants.  But back to the mission:
 
The Pan-African Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP) brings together students from across Africa with adult mentors for a three week U.S.-based training and cultural exchange. The program strengthens the students’ understanding of civic rights and responsibilities, respect for diversity, and the importance of community engagement. Also included in the PAYLP design is a series of workshops on social entrepreneurship and two weeks of living with American host families.
 
There are 18 students and four adult mentors in this year's program.  Before this program, only one of the students had ever been on an airplane before.  Some of the students had never left their hometown before heading out for Vermont.
 
A hearty THANK YOU to Sunday, Diamond and Afonso for visiting us today!