Young Leaders of America Initiative

WorldBoston has served as a City Hub for the U.S. Department of State's Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Professional Fellows program beginning in 2017. 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 YLAI Professional Fellows develop 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.  

Follow @YLAIworldboston on Instagram to keep up to date with the Boston YLAI Fellows. The account features updates from previous Boston YLAI fellows. See what this year’s Fellows did in Boston, what events they went to, the placements they were at, their favorite cultural activities and their favorite Boston moments! The page also features updates from previous fellows working on their businesses and organizations post-YLAI.  


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Thank you to our 2018 Hosts




This program is 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 https://eca.state.gov  for more information.