Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI)

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The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) empowers innovative leaders to build their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and contribute to social and economic development in their communities.

For one month, YLAI participants referred to as “Professional Fellows” meet with like-minded companies, work alongside and are mentored by a local professional counterpart, and develop specific action plans to carry out upon return to their home countries. YLAI Professional Fellows build networks, linkages, and lasting partnerships to attract investments and support for their entrepreneurial ventures.

In 2016, UCCD worked with ten YLAI Professional Fellows from various Latin America and Caribbean countries by connecting them with host businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide a mentorship.  Additionally, the Professional Fellows met once a week for workshops focused on key aspects of entrepreneurial activity and skills needed for success.  UCCD is excited to once again host YLAI professional in 2017.  Please stay tuned for program updates in the fall.  

To learn more about YLAI and what the alumni are up to, visit the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative.

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The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) empowers innovative leaders to build their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and contribute to social and economic development in their communities.

For one month, YLAI participants referred to as “Professional Fellows” meet with like-minded companies, work alongside and are mentored by a local professional counterpart, and develop specific action plans to carry out upon return to their home countries. YLAI Professional Fellows build networks, linkages, and lasting partnerships to attract investments and support for their entrepreneurial ventures.

In 2016, UCCD worked with ten YLAI Professional Fellows from various Latin America and Caribbean countries by connecting them with host businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide a mentorship.  Additionally, the Professional Fellows met once a week for workshops focused on key aspects of entrepreneurial activity and skills needed for success.  UCCD is excited to once again host YLAI professional in 2017.  Please stay tuned for program updates in the fall.  

To learn more about YLAI and what the alumni are up to, visit the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative.

Be on the Selection Committee

YLAI empowers emerging leaders from Central and South America and the Caribbean to strengthen their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and to contribute to social and economic development in their communities and societies.

And we want you to be part of the process - apply to be on the selection committee!

Members of this selection committee are responsible for reading and evaluating 25-30 applications in May 2017 and possibly interviewing (remotely) and evaluating 12-15 semifinalists in June 2017. Members of the selection committee should be professionals or academics with knowledge of management and entrepreneurship as well as Latin America and the Caribbean. 

If you are interested in being on the selection committee, please submit your application here.

Thank you for your interest in YLAI!

2017 YLAI Application

YLAI is currently accepting applications for its 2017 fellowship.  Application deadline is Sunday, April 23.

Click here for application details.