The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the Peruvian Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) 2017 Fellows cohort. The YLAI program demonstrates the United States’ commitment to increased trade and investment in the region. These programs, in the words of Vice President Mike Pence, “bring even more of our business culture of entrepreneurship and innovation all across Latin America so that your [Latin America’s] prosperity and our prosperity will continue to expand together.” The five-week program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, will bring 250 young leaders from 36 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States to expand their social or business projects, learn from their counterparts in the United States, and share best practices.
This year we are pleased to announce that 15 young leaders from Peru have been accepted among more than 3,000 applications for the Young Leaders of the Americas (YLAI) Professional Scholars Program. Fellows are business and social entrepreneurs working in emerging companies, small businesses, non-governmental organizations, and similar entities focused on agriculture, clean energy, consulting, e-commerce, education, business development and support, food and beverage, LGBTI community issues, brand marketing and positioning, mobile applications and empowerment of women and youth. This year the scholarship recipients from Peru include Katherin Heras from Cajamarca, Erick Huamanchumo from Lambayeque, Bitia Chávez from Cusco, Osar Cabada from La Libertad, Eddie Valdiviezo from Piura, Beth Gonzales and José Carlos Manrique from Arequipa, and Mayra Delgado, Ximena González, Gabriela Torres, Mariella Puch, Gaby Sanz, Miguel Ángeles, Fernando Romero, and Raúl Valenzuela de Lima.
The YLAI Professional Scholars Program begins with a conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The young leaders then take part in four-week fellowships in cities across the United States, where host companies guide and guide them through an entrepreneurship curriculum. The program concludes with a Closing Summit in Washington, D.C., focused on leadership and skills development training. Fellows return to their businesses with new skills, resources, ongoing support from U.S. counterparts, and an updated and renewed network of contacts, thus strengthening trade ties between the United States and Peru.
The website https://ylai.state.gov/ contains information about the Fellows Program and the YLAI Network. The Department of State’s Office of Cultural and Educational Affairs sponsored this program, which is implemented by the Meridian International Center, in partnership with the Atlas Corp., Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and members of communities and universities throughout the United States.