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Cheryl Francisconi

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  • Walking the Walk on Youth Leadership Development

    By: Cheryl Francisconi on Friday, October 26, 2012

    Recently, I attended a dinner where the keynote speaker gave a speech on youth leadership. This topic is of great interest to me because a significant portion of IIE’s work in sub-Saharan Africa focuses on leadership development, particularly for women and youth. The speaker talked about the importance of making space for young people. Afterward, my dinner companion remarked, “There is so much talk about leadership these days, but I’d really like to know what people are actually doing to make space for young people.” His comments resonated with me.


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Cheryl Francisconi is the Regional Educational Advising Coordinator (REAC) for Southern Europe. Cheryl is based in Budapest and supports EducationUSA advising centers in 18 countries throughout southern Europe. Previously, she was the Director of IIE's sub-Saharan Africa office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.



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