This October, 250 business and social entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean will arrive in Atlanta, Georgia to kick-off their five-week Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program. Fellows will collaborate with their counterparts in businesses and civil society organizations in 24 cities, strengthening business ties between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean. The program concludes with a closing Summit in early November in Washington, D.C. focused on leadership and skills development training.
During the program, the 2017 Fellows will advance their entrepreneurial ideas and build leadership skills to effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities. The Fellows are working on topics ranging from agriculture and technology to LGBTQI and women and youth empowerment.
Selected from over 3,000 applicants, the finalists represent 36 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Upon completing the exchange, Fellows will return to their ventures with new insight, resources, ongoing support from U.S. counterparts, and an improved network.