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January 11, 2021

LALP Named DC YLAI Cohort Ambassador

Georgetown University's Latin America Leadership Program has received a sub-award by the U.S. Department of State to be the Cohort Ambassador for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) - Washington DC. The 2021 program is being developed by IREX in coordination with the Department of State, in collaboration with host institutions, city cohort ambassadors, and other partners.

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) is a U.S. Department of State Professional Fellows Program that empowers entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada to strengthen capacity and advance their entrepreneurial ideas to contribute to social and economic development in their communities and region. Since the initiative’s launch in 2015, more than 750 YLAI Professional Fellows have expanded their leadership and entrepreneurial experience through fellowships at businesses and organizations across the United States. Through the YLAI Entrepreneurship Institute and the individualized Fellowships, YLAI Fellows have accelerated their commercial and social ventures’ success and developed specific action plans to carry out upon return to their home countries. YLAI Fellows built networks, linkages, and lasting partnerships to attract investments and support for their entrepreneurial ventures.

YLAI 2021 program will be held virtually and will start on January 11, 2021, and end on April 16, 2021, on the closing forum. The YLAI 2021 cohort is composed of 263 fellows representing 37 countries, from Latin America and the Caribbean, and Canada, who will be expanding their leadership and entrepreneurial experience through fellowships at businesses and organizations in 20 cities across the United States. Fellows will be placed in individually tailored virtual fellowships with businesses and non-profits in 21 cities across the U.S. to develop entrepreneurship and leadership skills, share best practices, and forge commercial ties.

Out of these 263 young leaders, LALP will be the Cohort Ambassador of 14 fellows spanning Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, St Lucia, and Venezuela. working with host institutions in Washington DC and Pennsylvania. As YLAI Professional Fellows Program Cohort Ambassador, LALP will convene fellows virtually at least four times during the program for entrepreneurial and cultural activities to support their professional development and foster cross-cultural understanding.


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