Request for Applications: Cohort Ambassadors for the FY21 YLAI Fellowship Program

Request for Applications: Cohort Ambassadors for the FY21 YLAI Fellowship Program

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative is requesting applications for Cohort Ambassadors to serve as local partners for facilitating a cohesive cohort and fostering cross-cultural understanding through local cultural and professional engagements during the FY21 YLAI Fellowship Program.

Issue Date: June 1, 2022
Proposal Due Date: June 24, 2022, at 11:59 PM EDT
Due Date Granted Extension: July 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT
Anticipated Award Date: August 1, 2022
Award Ceiling: up to $28,000

What is YLAI? 

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) is the U.S. Department of State’s flagship entrepreneurship program for emerging business leaders and entrepreneurs from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada. YLAI is a competitive fellowship program structured as an international exchange funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by IREX, a non-profit based in Washington D.C. As such, IREX is requesting applications from those interested in serving as a YLAI Cohort Ambassador for the FY21 YLAI Fellowship cohort. The FY21 YLAI Fellowship will be a hybrid program, consisting of virtual and in-person programming. Fellows will engage with the online curriculum before traveling to the U.S. to complete in-person fellowship components from January 13 – February 18, 2023.   

Who are YLAI Fellows? 

YLAI Fellows are mid-career entrepreneurs competitively selected from over 2,000 business leaders and social entrepreneurs from 37 countries across the Americas. They are 25 to 35 years old and have at least 2 years leading a business across 15 business sectors including agriculture, e-commerce, education, healthcare, and more. The YLAI cohort demographics average 50% in gender share, 44% from federal capitals, 62% traditional business, 38% social enterprises, and 100% committed to promoting economic development and prosperity in the western hemisphere.   

During their fellowship, fellows will complete a professional placement with a U.S.-based organization, complete an online entrepreneurship and leadership curriculum, and participate in a cohort-wide business solution pitch competition. During their stay in the United States, they will focus on enhancing skills and fostering new connections to help scale their businesses and grow their entrepreneurial networks.    

Who are Cohort Ambassadors? 

Cohort Ambassadors are a selection of organizations based in 20 target cities across the United States who serve as local partners for facilitating a cohesive cohort and fostering cross-cultural understanding through local cultural and professional engagements. The Cohort Ambassador role has traditionally been held by centers for citizen diplomacy but has evolved to include centers for innovation, university departments, and venture capital funds. We welcome applications from a wide range of organizations that demonstrate a strong network across different business sectors in their city, as well as the ability to foster meaningful experiences of local U.S. culture and entrepreneurship.

For more information

Download the YLAI FY21 Cohort Ambassador Request for Applications (DOCX, 220 KB) document for more information on Cohort Ambassador roles and responsibilities, fellowship timeline, application submission requirements (with links to application materials), application evaluation, and other subaward-related details.

Submission Instructions 

If you are interested in furnishing this service, please send an email with your application materials attached to Sadie Traylor at straylor@irex.org. Applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date indicated above.

Questions?

Contact Sadie Traylor at straylor@irex.org or Diego Sandoval at dsandoval@irex.org.