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Open call for the Young Leaders of the Americas (YLAI) Fellowship Program 2024
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January 19, 2023

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) is a Professional Fellows Program that empowers entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders 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 1000 YLAI Professional Fellows from Latin America and the Caribbean 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.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

· Are between the ages of 25 and 35 at the Fellowship start date.

· Are a resident and citizen of Colombia.

· Are eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa.

· Have a demonstrated track record of successfully growing their own business or social venture for at least two (2) years.

· Are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

· Are not a U.S. government employee.

· Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.

IREX is the implementing partner for the State Department for the YLAI Professional Fellows Program. For further information, please visit: https://www.irex.org/project/young-leaders-americas-initiative-ylai-program and https://ylai.state.gov/fellowship/.

 

Applications 2024

The call for applications of the YLAI 2021 program will be open from January 18th to February 15th 2023.

Elegibility Criteria

The admission to the YLAI Professional Fellows Program is an open, merit-based competition. There is no cost to apply. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

· Are between the ages of 25 and 35 at the Fellowship start date (January 1st, 2024).

· Are a resident and citizen of Colombia.

· Are eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa.

· Have a demonstrated track record of successfully growing their own business or social venture for at least two (2) years.

· Are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

· Are not a U.S. government employee.

· Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.

Application Process

IREX and the Embassy of the United States will select the participants through a transparent but competitive process that includes a review of the requirements, the entrepreneurship initiative, the nominee’s profile, and a personal interview.

Entrepreneurs who meet the aforementioned requirements may apply using the following link: https://ylai.state.gov/apply/

Application questions should be sent directly to IREX through the following email: apply.ylaifellowship@irex.org