Young Leaders of America Initiative



Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

About YLAI

President Obama's Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) empowers entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders to strengthen their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities.

•·         In Fall 2016, 250 YLAI Professional Fellows from Latin America and the Caribbean will expand their leadership and entrepreneurial experience through fellowships at businesses and civil society organizations across the U.S.

•·         Through the YLAI Entrepreneurship Institute and the individualized fellowships, YLAI Fellows will accelerate their commercial and social ventures' success and develop specific action plans to carry out upon return to their home countries.

•·         YLAI Professional Fellows will build networks, linkages and lasting partnerships to attract investments and support for their entrepreneurial ventures.


Program Stages

Four-week Fellowship: With U.S. fellowship hosts in their field of expertise, YLAI Professional Fellows will gain valuable professional development skills at organizations or companies across the U.S. and work jointly on a venture Action Plan to be implemented upon Fellows' return to their home countries.

Washington, D.C., Summit: YLAI Professional Fellows will participate in a 3-day conference and networking event with top U.S. government officials as well as global public, private and nonprofit leaders.

YLAI Entrepreneurship Institute: YLAI Professional Fellows will expand their leadership, entrepreneurial and management skills and knowledge through online and in-person trainings that complement their U.S. Fellowship.

Sustained Engagement Post Fellowship: After successful completion of the U.S. Fellowship and YLAI Entrepreneurship Institute, YLAI Professional Fellows will continue their collaboration with U.S. partners and have access to ongoing professional development opportunities, mentorships, networking and alumni activities.

YLAI Professional Fellows will be eligible for Innovation Small Grants to fund startup or scaling activities, Travel Grants to conferences, and a chance to Welcome a U.S. Fellowship Host to share expertise and expand the U.S. hosts' understanding of the entrepreneurship climate in YLAI Professional Fellows' home countries.

 YLAI Fellows - 2016

Of the 250 Latin American Business and Social Entrepreneurs selected for the 2016 program, 14 Fellows will be in Reno from October 6-November 7. They come from Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay and Uruguay and are in the fields of transportation, agriculture, youth leadership and development, assisted technologies, translation and interpretation, coffee importation, water management, natural foods, cycling promotion and apparel, English instruction, ecotourism, nutrition education and public relations. These 14 Fellows will be collaborating with 14 Reno businesses and organizations in order to strengthen local business and business abroad and to expand social and business networks into Latin America.

 Important Dates

•·         October 4: Fellows arrive in the U.S.

•·         October 5-7: Program opening in Dallas, TX

•·         October 8: Fellows arrive in Reno

•·         October 10 - November 7: Fellows collaborate with local organizations and businesspeople

•·         November 9 to 11: Closing Summit in Washington, D.C.

•·         November 12: Fellows return to their home country