Light poured through the parted curtains, framing the podium while the speaker made his way across the floor. In solemn silence he paused for a moment before facing the assembled crowd. Outside in the garden the leaves were falling, marking the passage of a warm autumn day. His face was worn and chiseled. His hair was brushed but also tussled. He had a beard but no mustache. President Lincoln began to speak, “Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are...Continue
Listen up. Young African leaders have a few things to say about youth leadership. These 24 incredible changemakers from Togo, Senegal, Chad and Mauritania traveled to the United States to learn and discuss social entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and community building. The leaders were here last month as part of our second cohort of Pan-African Youth Leadership Program, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Each student developed a community service project or small enterprise to implement upon their return home. Projects ranged from jewelry-making ventures to new libraries to school clean-up initiatives. We’re excited...Continue
In 2009, representatives from Meridian and a Serbian youth organization, Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR), met serendipitously in Jakarta, Indonesia at a World Movement for Democracy conference. This meeting resulted in a proposal and four years of partnership implementing the Youth Leadership Program with Central Europe (YLPCE). Continue
In early September, Meridian International Center was delighted to host three young Austrian journalists for a program showcasing transformations in American news media.