The U.S State Department opened applications for the 2017 program for Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) of entrepreneurship and leadership. For five (5) weeks, the selected candidates will participate in conferences with U.S. government officers and entrepreneurs in Washington, D.C, in addition to being trained with skills to boost their projects.
YLAI connects participants in the program with relevant figures in the world of business that can advise or finance their entrepreneurship projects. Additionally, it links young leaders throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. This project is directed to young people between 21 and 35 years old, with two (2) years of experience in entrepreneurship or leadership, social or commercial, and with an intermediate to advanced English proficiency. Applications for YLAI 2017 will be open until April, Sunday 23rd, and will be received online at ylai.state.gov/apply.
This initiative was created to expand opportunities for entrepreneurs, leaders and innovators in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2016, Panama was represented by the entrepreneurs Stephanie Braddick, Gerardo Huertas, Ytzvan Mastino, María Alexandra Roger, María Fernanda Santos and Alejandro Carbonell. This week, the YLAI’s were invited by the Panamanian Executives Association (APEDE, for its acronym in Spanish) president, Juan Gabriel Gonzalez and for the APEDE Youth group, to present their projects and share experiences about the initiative, as they encouraged “APEDE Joven” businessmen to participate in the scholarship application and shared their known before the deadline. To apply for #YLAI2017, visit ylai.state.gov/fellowship.