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MIAMI-FLORIDA -- JULY 12, 2017 -- 10 outstanding high school students from Miami-Dade were selected for the prestigious Nyah Project Fellowship, a program founded on the belief that Travel Awakens Leaders and develops diverse youth leaders through transformative experiences abroad.

Each year, a cohort of Nyah Fellows receives intensive training in human factor leadership, social entrepreneurship and experiential learning in amazing international destinations, including Ghana, Costa Rica, South Africa, and Namibia- at no cost to them.  

Founder, Leigh-Ann Buchanan, emphasized the impact of the Nyah Project, “since founding the program in 2014, 100% of our fellows are accepted into college or university and 90% of our fellows win academic or merit-based scholarships.”

The 2017 Nyah Project Fellows will travel to London, South Africa and Namibia over the course of 12 days this summer in partnership with the Michelle Mclean Children’s Trust and US based partner, Inspire Transformation.

The 2017 Nyah Project Fellows will convene at Miami International Airport at 3:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 13, 2017 from Terminal E, Virgin Airlines, for a pre-travel send-off. Media and press are welcome to participate.

Michelle Mclean-Bailey, former Miss Universe ‘92, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, explains: “ we have a strong history of supporting the next generation of leaders through our various community-based programs throughout Namibia and our treasured Michelle McLean Primary School.  We are excited to partner with the Nyah Project by creating service learning opportunities and exciting adventures in Namibia as well as to advance global connections between Southern Africa and South Florida”

Trip highlights include:

  • A international business luncheon hosted by London & Partners, facilitated by the British Consulate General Miami (July 14)
  • Environmental conservation training and safari tour via the Africat Foundation (July 15-July 18)

  • An fireside chat with US Ambassador to Namibia Thomas F. Daughton (July 21)

  • Student-taught intercultural exchange session at the Michelle Mclean Primary School (July 21)

  • A tour of the Apartheid Museum and Soweto community leadership lunch in Johannesburg, South Africa (July 23)

2017 sponsors include  Knight Foundation, Dibia Dream Foundation, the Jonathan Spikes Foundation, the Wege Foundation and others. Prospective individual or corporate sponsors should contact the Nyah Project directly.

About the Nyah Project

Nyah Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that develop youth leaders from underserved communities through transformative experiences abroad.  

For more information, please visit us online at www.nyahproject.org or contact us at: info@nyahproject.org; 305-981-6875.

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