Call for applications to YLAI

The Embassy is proud to announce the open call for applications for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program, to be held in October – November 2016. As part of the fellowship, 250 young entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean will travel to the United States and become part of the larger YLAI Network which will provide online resources and a space for young leaders to make regional connections that will help them foster positive change in their local communities. This is an important part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to cultivating successful entrepreneurs in the Americas.

The five-week YLAI Professional Fellows Program, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, comes on the heels the YLAI Pilot Program, which took place in February – March 2016. This program will place business and social entrepreneurs in start-ups, small businesses, non-governmental organizations, and similar entities. The participants will further develop their business or social venture plans by engaging in skill-building workshops, and they will have the opportunity to learn from U.S. counterparts by job-shadowing and participating in day-to-day operations at American organizations. YLAI Professional Fellows will also develop stronger ties with the other participants from across Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as with their U.S. mentors.

The YLAI Professional Fellows Program will begin on October 5 in Dallas, Texas. Participants will then engage in four-week fellowships in cities throughout the U.S.  The program will wrap-up with a Closing Summit in Washington, D.C., which will focus on leadership and skills development training.

For more information about the program, and to apply, please visit the program website: