The Council of Young African Leaders (CYAL) hosted its 5th annual CUNY Young African Leadership Symposium (YALS) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, New York, November 6 – 7, 2015. This year’s theme, Transforming Africa through Partnerships, focused on the importance of public-private partnerships and explored ways the African diaspora can continue to engage with the Continent in the areas of development.

At the event, Mary Olushoga – Founder of the AWP Network was honored along side MacDella Cooper  CEO of MacDella Cooper Foundation, Bisila Bokoko – Entrepreneur and Wale Ajibade –  Executive Director of African Views Organization. 

CYAL partnered with the CUNY University Student Senate to provide a platform for African youths to lead the way in formulating Africa’s solutions.

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