Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI)

President Obama launched  the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) in 2015 to expand opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and civil society innovators in Latin America. Following a successful pilot program in February – March 2016 that included a Bolivian participant, more Bolivian entrepreneurs will travel to the United States joining other budding entrepreneurs from across Latin America as YLAI fellows. Participants travel to the United States for a five-week program intended to strengthen their leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurial skills. The program is also designed to provide networking opportunities — with U.S. entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors; diaspora communities; and each other — to increase connectivity throughout the hemisphere. YLAI, one of four programs within the Young Leaders Initiatives, is a part of President Obama and his administration’s commitment to empower young people around the world and to ensure they have the tools, skills, and networks to tackle shared global challenges.