Registration opens for Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI)

Calling young entrepreneurs to participate in the “Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI)” sponsored by the U.S. State Department. The program seeks 250 young entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean for a professional training program to take place in October-November 2016.  To register visit

Selected participants will have the opportunity to join the YLAI network, a digital space with professional resources where they can establish regional links to promote positive changes in their communities.

The program includes:

  1. Launch event in Texas and a summit in Washington, D.C.
  2. Four weeks of consultations with a mentor from a company or NGO. Each participant will develop an strategic plan and will participate in the daily operations of the host company
  3. Professional development activities such as business training and interaction with experts from various sectors;
  4. Continued support from the YLAI community during and after the program in the U.S. through an active network of contacts, access to consulting services, and investment opportunities.

Requirements for participants:

  1. 21 to 35 years old;
  2. Residents in Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, , Ecuador, El Salvador, Granada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Saint Maarten, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
  3. Eligible for a J-1 visa;
  4. At least 2 years of experience as entrepreneur, preferably with a start-up or a social initiative;
  5. Proficiency in English (written and spoken)