Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

In November 2017, WorldBoston completed its first year as a city hub for the U.S. Department of State's Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program.

WorldBoston's 2017 YLAI Professional Fellows with organizers Sarah, Jenna, and Maddie

This five-week program places business and social entrepreneurs in relevant businesses and startups, non-governmental organizations, and similar entities in Boston. Participants develop their business and social venture plans with the help of U.S. counterparts through day-to-day operations at their host organizations, collaborating on a joint project, and engaging with skill-building workshops. 

Our 2017 YLAI Professional Fellows developed strong ties with each other and their U.S. Fellowship Hosts alike.  They continue to collaborate with U.S. partners and have access to ongoing professional development opportunities, mentorships, networking, and alumni activities. They now hope to utilize the experiences on the program to effectively contribute to social and economic development in their home communities.  

Each fellow had the opportunity to present his or her business or organizational pitch to a group of judges at the end of the program. The top 10 fellows nationwide got to present their pitch in Washington D.C. during the YLAI Closing Summit. Boston's 2017 Pitch Competition winner was Fabio Streitemberger Fabro, who completed his fellowship at East Horizon Investments and The Capital Network. Here is his winning pitch:

This program was funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. WorldBoston is proud to work with grantee Meridian International Center, a premier nonprofit, global leadership organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Meridian is also proud to partner with Atlas Corps and Entrepreneurs’ Organization for this program.

About U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) builds relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges, as well as public -private partnerships and mentoring programs. These exchange programs improve foreign relations and strengthen the national security of the United States, support U.S. international leadership, and provide a broad range of domestic benefits by helping break down barriers that often divide us. Visit  for more information.

Our 2017 U.S. Fellowship Hosts

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