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Help Sekou M. Jabateh obtain a US visa to attend the Yale Young Global Scholars program

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I am Sekou M Jabateh, a 17 year old high school student from Liberia, deeply passionate about ethical leadership and social entrepreneurship that create sustainable impacts and drive global change. I have been accepted through a very competitive application process as the only student from Liberia to participate in the 2016 Yale Young Global Scholars program, a summer enrichment program that brings together talented high school students from around the world for a two-week academic experience on the Yale University campus. I am an admit of the Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship session of this program that will begin from July 26- August 8, 2016. We are about 200 students in this session representing over 115 countries around the world and all 50 US states. These students are all ages between 15 to 17 years old. They all have also obtained US visas from their various countries for their travel to attend this program except me. Unfortunately for me, I was denied visa on Monday, June 20, 2016 at my appointment with the US Embassy/Consulate General in my home country Liberia. According to the consulate officer, I was not eligible to obtain Visa to the US at this age of my life (17years old). What is contradictory to fact for me is that, all my peers from other countries have obtained US visas and yet they are 15, 16 and 17 years old. After all my research, I have realized that the consulate officer's decision was not an enough ground for visa denial. Besides that, I have no intention of abandoning my home country Liberia, as I still have one year of secondary school to complete and would be much excited to come back and share my experience from YYGS Program to other high school students in my country. Moreover, I was applying for the right category of visa, which all other accepted students had obtained. In view of the above, I am kindly writing to petition the US Embassy/Consulate General in Monrovia, Liberia and the current US ambassador, Christine A. Elder in particular, to please act by ordering the embassy to issue me a Visa, so that I can attend this life-changing experience at Yale. The education of this young generation is cardinal to global development! If I don't attend this program, Liberia is deprived of representation in the most diverse summer program for high school students. This request is time sensitive, as I have to travel next month for the program and would be much appreciative of your reconsideration.



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