Charlottesville, VA- The Presidential Precinct is pleased to announce that it will host participants from the U.S. Department of State’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program in October 2017. As part of the program, ten young business and social entrepreneurs from ten countries in Latin America and the Caribbean will come to the Presidential Precinct to collaborate with their Charlottesville-area counterparts in businesses and civil society organizations.  Through this exchange program, Fellows will advance their entrepreneurial ideas and build leadership skills to effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities.

The five-week YLAI Professional Fellows Program will place business and social entrepreneurs in relevant businesses and start-ups, non-governmental organizations in 24 cities across the U.S. The participants will arrive on October 7 and will further develop their business or social venture plans by engaging in skills-building workshops. They will also have the opportunity to learn from U.S. counterparts by job-shadowing and participating in day-to-day operations at their U.S. host organizations. Fellows return to their ventures with new skills, resources, ongoing support from U.S. counterparts, and an improved network, strengthening business ties between the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean.

2017 YLAI Fellows at the Presidential Precinct:

Yovy Aragon Hurtado
Colombia
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Samanta Lacayo
Nicaragua
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Bitia Chavez Bermudez
Peru
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Jorge Ham
Mexico
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Keisha Diane Rodriguez
Belize
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Oscar Alvarado Freer
Costa Rica
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Fonnique Miller
Jamaica
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Verónica Rodríguez Martínez
Uruguay
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Jacquelin Alcius
Haiti
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Lygia de Macedo Pontes
Brazil
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