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Since 2009, the State Department has held the Generation Prague Conference, an annual event focused on engaging young people on issues of arms control and nonproliferation. Learn more about it at http://go.usa.gov/3Ak4m.
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Empowering African Youth Through People-to-People Exchanges
Posted by Evan Ryan

Africa is experiencing dramatic demographic changes; not only does it have the world’s fastest growing population, it also has the world’s youngest population. This month, President Obama is in Africa reaching out to the approximately 200 million people on the continent between the ages of 15 and 24. The United States is strengthening ties with this dynamic and fast-growing region, embracing what the President has described as “a new era of engagement, based on mutual interests and mutual respect…to advance the common security and prosperity of all people.”

Between 2008 and 2015, the U.S. Government invested approximately $300 million in support of African youth development and higher education. Since 2010, the U.S. Department of State has sponsored more than 2,000 sub-Saharan students, scholars, and young professionals through its educational and cultural affairs programs. Providing career development opportunities and pathways to study in the United States are only some of the ways in which the United States supports the youth of the region.

Encouraging Study in the U.S.

The State Department’s EducationUSA network offers hundreds of advising centers around the world.  It is a powerful tool for reaching a growing youth demographic and planting the seeds for higher education opportunities. EducationUSA provides prospective international students with accurate, current, and comprehensive information about U.S. higher education while supporting U.S. colleges’ and universities’ international student recruitment efforts.

In 2014, EducationUSA advising centers in U.S. embassies and consulates reached just short of 840,000 youth throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, there are more than 31,000 sub-Saharan African students studying in the United States.  Students who used EducationUSA services in 2014 received more than $31 million in scholarships and financial aid from U.S. higher education institutions.

Fostering Leadership

In 2010, President Obama launched the signature Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) to support young African leaders working to spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across the continent.  YALI programs such as the Mandela Washington Fellowship, the YALI Network, and YALI Regional Leadership Centers (RLCs) are creating opportunities for young Africans to enhance their leadership skills and build meaningful ties with American citizens, businesses, organizations, and each other.  Already, YALI programs have reached hundreds of thousands of young Africans.

In August, the Class of 2015 Mandela Washington Fellows representing all 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa will participate in a Summit in Washington, DC and take part in networking and panel discussions with U.S. leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.  This follows six weeks spent at academic and leadership institutes at 20 universities across the United States.  A total of 100 selected Fellows will remain in the United States for an additional six weeks to participate in professional development opportunities with U.S. non-governmental organizations, private companies, and governmental agencies.

Impacting Local Communities

Upon returning to their home countries, exchange program participants often engage in follow-on projects or continue the work they began abroad. The Mandela Washington Fellows return home with access to ongoing professional development support, mentoring, networking and training, and seed funding to support their ideas, businesses, and organizations.

Participants of other exchange programs, like the Fulbright Program, similarly continue to build on the skills they developed during their time in the United States. For example, U.S. Fulbright alumnus and University of Texas medical student Samy Benjemil implemented a community-driven public health program focused on safe sanitation and hygiene practices in Dierma, Burkina Faso. Partnerships with U.S. and Burkinabé institutions have allowed the program to continue, and local communities have benefited from ongoing education efforts to support good hygiene practices.

The growing youth demographic in Africa will be a major driver of political, economic, and social progress in years to come. U.S. embassies have awarded 80 small grants totaling $1,250,000 to exchange program alumni groups supporting youth development in Africa, and we look forward to continuing our collaborations.

Learn more: http://go.usa.gov/3AZKh
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Hey  How about the people in America   first rule is be "true to thine self " then worry about others .... We need a lot of help in this country  but are excluded in this type of thing ....
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Each year, the Department of State honors individuals around the world who have devoted their lives to the fight against human trafficking. Meet the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report Heroes and listen to their message at https://youtu.be/h9I2CopfzwM. Learn how you can help fight human trafficking at http://go.usa.gov/3mmpG. #TIPHeroes  
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That is ironic coming from the +U.S. Department of State, whose Secretary just negotiated a deal with one of the worst and most notorious human rights-abusing nations on earth. No one believes you anymore.
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Yesterday, high-level representatives from 60 countries gathered in Rome to review progress in countering violent extremism #CVE. Deputy Secretary Blinken discusses efforts to address violent extremism with a strategy that is built around empowered people and resilient communities in the latest DipNote blog: http://go.usa.gov/3ACc5
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+Timothy A. Pope  You have a point there 
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During his trip to #Kenya and #Ethiopia, President Obama delivered remarks at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 28, 2015.
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Yes I have roots, in America. My great great grandfather helped homestead the west. 
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During his trip to Spain, Deputy Secretary Blinken met with entrepreneurs: "Whether in Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, or here @CampusMadrid, entrepreneurs I've met speak same language: innovation."  Learn more about his trip at http://go.usa.gov/37ame.
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Hello. Thank you sent me. I reply to you my name is Mohammed 37 years old and I work building speak English and look for work
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We are proud to announce that the USA Pavilion at the Milan #Expo2015 just welcomed its 2 MILLIONTH VISITOR today! This milestone comes at the halfway point of the six-month Expo, which concludes October 31.

Exhibits and programming at the Pavilion focus on climate smart agriculture, sustainability and innovation.  At the Pavilion, visitors may view exhibits at their own pace, experience a guided tour of the Great American Foodscape, and participate in rooftop programs.  In addition, visitors sample regional specialties at the adjacent Food Truck Nation.

Learn more: http://www.usapavilion2015.net/
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+U.S. Department of State, how about the 2 million "visitors" streaming unchecked over our borders every month? Get out of Milan and get on our border.
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Today is the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. This week, Secretary of State John Kerry released the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, the State Department’s key diplomatic tool in the fight to end modern slavery, which assesses the anti-trafficking efforts of 188 countries and territories, including the United States. #EndSlavery  
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This week, Secretary of State John F. Kerry released the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, the State Department’s key diplomatic tool in the fight to end modern slavery, which assesses the anti-trafficking efforts of 188 countries and territories, including the United States.
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The Presidential Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders #YALI2015 will take place from August 3-5, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The three-day Summit will bring together 500 of sub-Saharan #Africa’s most promising young leaders to meet with President Obama and leading U.S. entrepreneurs, government officials, and civil society representatives.
Learn more: http://go.usa.gov/3AcHQ
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In #Ethiopia , President Obama met Gifty, a smallholder farmer who benefits from new technologies she had learned from a development program. Check out her story in the latest DipNote blog: http://go.usa.gov/3Aqu9 #FeedtheFuture
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Would you like to know why it is important to move ahead with the #IranDeal ? Read our newest DipNote blog at http://go.usa.gov/37zg7.

Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs about the Iran Deal. This long-term comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran took 18 months of very intensive talks to be reached, and it will verifiably prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and ensure that Iran's nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful going forward.

“We are convinced that the plan that we have developed with five other nations accomplishes the task that President Obama set out, which is to close off the four pathways to a bomb,” Secretary Kerry emphasized at the beginning of his testimony.
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You + U.S. Youth Observer Program = Your Voice at the United Nations
By Yuna Jacobson

Think of the most pressing challenges facing young people around the world today: violent extremism, humanitarian and health crises, civil unrest, sexual orientation and gender discrimination, climate change, among others.  In all these areas, the work of United Nations system is both ubiquitous and necessary.  Recognizing the value of youth voices and participation to the UN system, since 2012, the U.S. Department of State has partnered with the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) to designate a U.S. Youth Observer to the UN.

The Department recently announced the opening of the 2015-16 application period which runs until August 4, 2015.  For eligible Americans (ages 18-25) passionate about the role of the UN in international affairs, the U.S. Youth Observer program provides a chance to travel throughout the United States to identify issues important to young Americans, access to UN events alongside with U.S. delegations to international organization conferences, including annual UN General Assembly opening debates, interaction with youth representatives from other nations and participation in public activities through the next year.

The third and most recent U.S. Youth Observer, Jackson Dougan from Oregon, was chosen from a pool of over 600 applicants.  During the past year, he has traveled with members from the U.S. Department of State to international meetings in Paris, Geneva, and Baku, Azerbaijan; cultivated his passions for LGBT equality and climate change mitigation, expanded his perception of the interconnectedness of the world’s biggest problems, and strengthened his commitment to the UN’s work. 

"During my time as the Observer, I have created lasting relationships with young people worldwide including life-long connections with Youth Delegates from nearly 44 countries of the United Nations…  I have interacted with policy makers at Foggy Bottom and discussed youth policy with world leaders… My career prospects have blossomed in addition to my career focus -- where I see myself in 10 years," Jackson writes.

Learn more: http://go.usa.gov/37MbA
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Bring Good Ideas...That Explains..About Iran Deal 
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