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YLAI Professional Fellows Program for entrepreneurs in the United States

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI)

Requisitos

  • 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.

Descripción


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:

  • Four-week Fellowship: With U.S. mentors in their field of expertise, YLAI Professional Fellows gain valuable professional development skills at entrepreneurial organizations or companies across the U.S. and work jointly on a venture Action Plan to be implemented upon Fellows’ return to their home countries.
  • Washington, D.C., Summit: YLAI Professional Fellows participate in a three-day conference and networking event with top U.S. government officials as well as global public, private and nonprofit leaders.
  • YLAI Entrepreneurship Institute: YLAI Professional Fellows expand their leadership, entrepreneurial and management skills and knowledge through online and in-person trainings that complement their U.S. Fellowship.
  • Sustained Engagement Post Fellowship: After successful completion of the U.S. Fellowship and YLAI Entrepreneurship Institute, YLAI Professional Fellows continue their collaboration with U.S. partners and have access to ongoing professional development opportunities, mentorships, networking and alumni activities. YLAI Professional Fellows will be eligible for Innovation Small Grants to fund startup or scaling activities, Travel Grants to conferences, and a chance to Host a U.S. Mentor to share expertise and expand mentors’ understanding of the entrepreneurship climate in YLAI Professional Fellows’ home countries.

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:

  • Demonstrated understanding of how your personal and professional goals align with program objectives.
  • Demonstrated leadership, social consciousness and commitment to community or public service, mentorship or volunteerism.
  • Demonstrated professional entrepreneurial experience and knowledge.
  • Positive attitude and demonstrated initiative and perseverance.
  • Commitment to your home country and to applying entrepreneurial and leadership skills, experience and knowledge to benefit your community and country.

 

Application information

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.

See an example business plan [PDF] and example resume [PDF].

Additionally, the application will include the following short essay questions:

  • What are your goals for this program and how will it help to advance you personally and professionally? How will your participation in the YLAI Professional Fellows Program enhance your ability to contribute to your community, country, region and society?
  • What challenges does your company/organization face? How will your participation in this program help you face those challenges?
  • Please share any previous experience with U.S. organizations. What interests you about the opportunity to work with a U.S. institution?
  • Please describe your entrepreneurial accomplishments.
  • Please describe the business plan that you hope to refine and further develop as a part of this program.

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Plazo
Desde 12/05/2016 hasta 20/05/2016
Fecha de convocatoria
12/05/2016
Información del convocante
Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI)
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