Dominican Elenie Philogene is among eleven young people chosen from across the Caribbean to be part of the 2022 cohort for the U.S. Department of State’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellowship. Launched in 2015, YLAI empowers emerging entrepreneurs from the Caribbean and Latin America through an online network and in-person fellowship exchange. The 2022 exchange will bring together more than 280 young leaders from 37 countries in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Canada.
The 2022 YLAI Fellowship, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, includes a hybrid program in which fellows will complete the YLAI Entrepreneurial Leadership Curriculum virtually and then travel to the United States to work alongside a U.S. business. Fellows will form cohorts across 20 U.S. cities to collaborate with their peers to address shared business challenges during the four-week exchange. Additionally, they will engage in virtual and in-person events and cross-cultural activities. The program combines technical entrepreneurship training with leadership development and networking opportunities.