Between the ages of 21 and 35 on the start date of the YLAI Professional Fellows Program.
Resident and citizen of one of the participating countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela.
Eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa.
Have at least two (2) years of entrepreneurial/leadership experience, preferably with a startup business or social venture.
Not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
Not U.S. government employees.
Proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.
President Obama’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) empowers entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders to strengthen their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities. In fall 2016, 250 YLAI Professional Fellows from Latin America and the Caribbean will expand their leadership and entrepreneurial experience through fellowships at businesses and civil society organizations across the U.S.
All YLAI Professional Fellows Program expenses are covered by the U.S. government. The fellowship includes training and courses, round-trip travel, medical coverage, housing and meals.
YLAI 2016 Professional Fellows will participate in:
The YLAI Professional Fellows Program is an open, merit-based competition. There is no cost to apply. After the application deadline of 11:59 PM, Friday, May 20, 2016, a selection panel will review all eligible applications. Semifinalists will be contacted to schedule an interview in June. All applicants will be notified of their status in August 2016.
The YLAI Professional Fellows Program candidate selection committee will use the following criteria to evaluate applications and interviews:
The purpose of the application is to collect basic information and to better understand applicants’ qualifications for the YLAI Professional Fellows Program. Questions will include candidates’ professional background and experience with their own business or social ventures, volunteer activities and English language proficiency. The application will request a copy of applicants’ business or organization plans and resumes.
Additionally, the application will include the following short essay questions:
Presidethankyount Obama launched the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) to build linkages between young leaders across the hemisphere. YLAI will help address the opportunity gap for youth, especially women, by empowering entrepreneurs and civil society leaders with the training, tools, networks and resources they need to transform their societies and contribute more fully to economic development and prosperity, security, human rights and good governance in the hemisphere.
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