This September, 250 business and social entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean will arrive in Detroit, Michigan to start the five-week Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program. Fellows will collaborate with their counterparts in businesses and organizations in 20 U.S. cities, strengthening business ties between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean. The program concludes with a Closing Forum in October in Washington, D.C., focused on leadership and skills development training.
During the program, the 2018 Fellows will advance their entrepreneurial ideas and build leadership skills to effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities. Working with their counterparts, the Fellows will develop and refine action plans in fields ranging from clean energy and e-commerce to health care and hospitality.
Fellows representing 36 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean were selected from 2,500 applicants in a competitive application process. Upon completing the exchange, Fellows will return to their ventures with new skills, resources, ongoing support from U.S. counterparts, and an improved network.