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Ebolowa Students Participate in U.S. Government-Sponsored Pan Africa Youth Leadership Program
July 25, 2022

Yaoundé, Cameroon— The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that four young Cameroonians from Ebolowa have been selected to participate in the U.S. government-sponsored Pan Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP) from July 25 to August 19, 2022.  The selected participants are as follows:

  • Véronique Leslie Minyono Mi-Bella
  • Landry Dimitri Yves Djongyang
  • Gabriel Ange Nkot Samnick
  • Cecile Axelle Emvoudo

They will be accompanied by adult mentor and educator, Mrs. Cephise Reine Toka Sani.  Hailing from the Lycée Classique et Moderne d’Ebolowa, these students will represent Cameroon in a virtual exchange with participants from 19 other African countries.  Included in this year’s program is a series of workshops on leadership and service, interactive training in conflict resolution, virtual school visits, local cultural activities, and a virtual home hospitality with an American family.

On Tuesday, July 26 at 10 a.m., in collaboration with officials of secondary education, the U.S. Embassy will host the launch ceremony at the Regional Delegation of Secondary Education in Ebolowa, to congratulate the participants as they begin their cross-cultural program.  Each participant will also receive a training kit, courtesy of the U.S. Department of State.

The PAYLP is a dynamic youth leadership program which brings together students from across Africa with adult mentors for a 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.  At the close of the program, students are asked to implement follow-on community-based projects to effect positive change in their communities.