Brazilians included in group of 250 young leaders from 36 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean

On Wednesday the United States government announced the names of the 20 Brazilians selected for the Youth Leadership of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) 2017, sponsored by the Department of State. The young entrepreneurs were selected from among more than 3,000 applicants and are from eleven Brazilian states: Amazonas, Amapá, Bahia, Ceará, Goiás, Minas Gerais, Paraná, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and São Paulo. They are engaged in different areas, such as: education, women’s empowerment, employability, public service, nutrition, food safety, the environment, communications, management, personal development of prisoners, digital marketing, tourism, sustainable financial solutions and housing projects for people on limited incomes.

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The five-week program will bring 250 young leaders from 36 Latin American and Caribbean countries to the US to expand their business plans and social ventures, learn from their American peers and share best practices .The program will begin with a conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and then they will take part in a four-week program at host companies that will guide and supervise them on entrepreneurship courses .The program will end with a leadership and capacity building meeting in Washington, DC. Participants will return to their projects with new resources and skills, ongoing support from their American peers and a more extensive network of contacts that will strengthen the business ties between Brazil and the USA.

The YLAI program supports the USA’s commitment to increasing trade and investment in the region and, in the words of Vice President Mike Pence, “To bring even more of our business culture of entrepreneurship and innovation all across Latin America so that your prosperity and our prosperity will continue to expand together ”

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For further information on this Press Release, please contact the US Embassy Press Office in Brasília at or on (+55 61) 3312 – 7367 / 7350 / 7364.