YALIServes 2018: Mandela Day Volunteers Worldwide

YALIServes is back and it’s celebrating 100 years of Nelson Mandela!

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. Nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60 percent of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35. Former President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Sub-Saharan Africa.


Each year, the UN marks Nelson Mandela’s birthday, July 18, by asking individuals to make a difference in their communities. The YALI Network honors this day through YALIServes by encouraging you to inspire, volunteer, and lead events in your communities between Mandela Day, July 18, and International Youth Day, August 12.

YALIServes highlights and encourages the positive role volunteerism plays in benefiting society. Offering goods, services, and time at no cost not only helps to strengthen communities but promotes self-empowerment.

Get started today planning or attending a YALIServes event to benefit your community and commemorate Nelson Mandela’s legacy!

We hope that you make everyday Mandela Day.

How to Participate

  • Organize

Plan your own YALIServes event between July 18 and August 12. Here’s how to start:

1. Complete the YALI Network Online Course Community Organizing for Action
2. Review the “Joy of Volunteering” video series
3. Plan your event using the YALIServes Event Planning Toolkit (Download here)
4. Submit your event details to get a personalized event flyer
5. Print or share the flyer to promote your event in your community or on social media
6. Report back on your event to receive a YALIServes certificate

  • Promote!

This year YALI have a design that you can download and use to print T-shirts if you want special shirts for your event! Share the YALIServes share graphic on your social media pages! Right-click the images below to download.


  • Attend

Find an event near you by zooming into your country on the map below. Click on a pin or event title to read more about each event.

Click here to see the event map.

Don’t see your event on the map? Check back tomorrow! We manually review all event submissions. Don’t see any events near you? Submit an event.

Deadline: July 15th, 2018


2 thoughts on “YALIServes 2018: Mandela Day Volunteers Worldwide

  1. Ayo on Reply

    Hello, I’ve created an event through #Yaliserves. My event is scheduled to hold next week but I will like to know how I can report back my event. Thank you as I anticipate your response.

  2. Tanimowo Femi on Reply

    Hi,I have just organized a #Yaliserves event which was held on the 28th of July. It was a memorable event,pls how can i report back the event ?

    Thanks and hoping to get your response soon

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