Seeking Applications for the YLAI 2023 Outbound Exchange

Seeking Applications for the YLAI 2023 Outbound Exchange

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) is inviting 2023 YLAI Fellowship Placement Organizations to apply for the Outbound Exchange grant enabling travel to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada (LACC) to continue collaborating with 2023 YLAI Alumni. 


The YLAI Outbound Exchange Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by the YLAI Team at IREX. The Outbound Exchange aims to build upon emerging business partnerships and professional connections established during the 2023 YLAI Fellowship by fostering sustained collaboration, learning, and capacity building among YLAI’s U.S.-based partners, 2023 Alumni, and local entrepreneurial communities across the Western Hemisphere. Through these substantive two-week projects, U.S. Participants will form lasting and productive partnerships with YLAI Alumni, expand markets and networks, and increase mutual understanding between the United States and LACC countries.    

Eligibility requirements 

Successful applications will demonstrate a history of productive collaboration between the U.S. Participant (2023 Fellowship Placement Organization, FPO) and a 2023 YLAI Alum, and detail how the Award will be used to further the partnership, support inclusive economic prosperity in the region, and support the professional goals of the U.S. Participant and 2023 YLAI Alum. The Award requires the U.S. Participant to travel to the Alum’s country and engage with the local community. Please review more extensive eligibility requirements in the Application Instructions document. 


The application period opens on Monday, July 31st at 12:00 PM ET and closes on Sunday, August 27th at 11:59 PM ET.  

How to submit an application 

  1. Download the following materials: 

    1. Application Checklist
    2. Application Instructions
    3. Application Questions
    4. Draft Budget Template
    5. Draft Work Plan
    6. FAQ Document
    7. Terms and Conditions Agreement
  2. Complete and submit your application here. This link can also be found in the Application Instructions document. 


Join us for an optional Q&A session on August 3rd from 3:30-4:30 pm ET via Zoom.  

Please feel free to contact the YLAI Team at IREX at