In Fall 2016, 250 Latin American and Caribbean entrepreneurs will participate in the YLAI Professional Fellows Program. These outstanding business and social entrepreneurs are working to transform their societies. Learn more about the YLAI Professional Fellows and their ventures.
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. YLAI 2016 Professional Fellows will participate in:
|May 27, 2016||YLAI Professional Fellows Program application deadline|
|May–July 2016||Applications reviewed by the selection committee|
|August 2016||Finalists and alternates notified|
|August–September 2016||Pre-Departure Orientation and program preparation|
|Early October 2016||YLAI U.S. Fellowship begins|
|Mid-November 2016||YLAI U.S. Fellowship ends|
|Spring 2017||U.S. Mentors Fellowship Hosts travel to host fellows’ countries|
There is no fee to apply to become a YLAI Professional Fellow. All YLAI Professional Fellows Program expenses are covered by the U.S. government.
Candidates are considered without respect to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexuality, national origin, disability or any other protected characteristic as established by U.S. law. Applicants with disabilities are eligible and encouraged to apply for the YLAI Professional Fellows Program. The YLAI Professional Fellows Program is open to young entrepreneurs who meet the following criteria:
The U.S. Department of State and Meridian International Center reserve the right to verify all of the information included in the application. In the event that there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.
Applications not meeting the above technical eligibility requirements will not be forwarded to the selection committee. If you do not meet the technical eligibility requirements for this program, we invite you to visit exchanges.state.gov for information on other U.S. Department of State exchange opportunities.
The YLAI Professional Fellows Program is an open, merit-based competition. There is no cost to apply. A selection panel will review all eligible applications. Semifinalists will be contacted to schedule an interview in June. All applicants will be notified of their status in August 2016.
The YLAI Professional Fellows Program candidate selection committee will use the following criteria to evaluate applications and interviews:
The purpose of the application is to collect basic information and to better understand applicants’ qualifications for the YLAI Professional Fellows Program. Questions will include candidates’ professional background and experience with their own business or social ventures, volunteer activities and English language proficiency. The application will request a copy of applicants’ business or organization plans and resumes.
Additionally, the application will includes the following short essay questions:
|Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program|
|Number of Visitors:||250|
|Countries:||Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela|
|Impact Areas:||Entrepreneurship, Civic Engagement, Science and Technology|