Young Leaders of America Initiative

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) is a professional fellows program that empowers entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders to strengthen capacity and advance their entrepreneurial ideas to contribute to social and economic development in their communities and region.

Since the initiative’s launch in 2015, more than 750 YLAI professional fellows from Latin America, Caribbean, and Canada have expanded their leadership and entrepreneurial experience through fellowships at businesses and organizations across the United States. Through the YLAI Entrepreneurship Institute and the individualized fellowships, YLAI fellows have accelerated their commercial and social ventures’ success and developed specific action plans to carry out upon return their home countries. YLAI fellows built networks, linkages, and lasting partnerships to attract investments and support for their entrepreneurial ventures.

2021 the Virtual YLAI Professional Fellows Program

In 2021, the YLAI Professional Fellows Program was structured to take place virtually due to the global pandemic. From January to April, 2021, 11 fellows from 10 countries including Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and St. Kitts and Nevis virtually visited Reno for their professional fellowship. NNIC participated in the YLAI Professional Fellows Program as a Cohort Ambassador to support their professional development and foster cross-cultural understanding.

Read more information about YLAI, or email International Exchange Programs Coordinator Kevin Sung at

A group of 11 students gathered on a Zoom call.