Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI)


For the second year in a row, Kansas City will be home to ten young professionals from Latin America and the Caribbean from October 7-November 5. These individuals are part of a larger 250 professional Fellows program for young entrepreneurs. They will participate in leadership and entrepreneurial Fellowships at businesses and civil society organizations across the U.S. This program, the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI), is a U.S. Department of State initiative. Each mutually beneficial fellowship placement will strengthen ties throughout the region and contribute to a new entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Americas. 

There will be multiple opportunities to meet and interact with these young professionals while they are in Kansas City. 


Become a Cultural Ambassador

From October 8th - November 4th, a Cultural Ambassador will serve as the cultural connection to American life. This could include hosted dinners, concerts, shopping, sporting events, museum tours- whatever Kansas City has to offer! The Fellows will have weekends and evenings free. Any interested Cultural Ambassadors can host as many of the Fellows as they'd like! It is expected that Cultural Ambassadors plan an activity on October 8- their first full day in Kansas City.


October 25th Dinner Reception

Global Ties KC is inviting the Kansas City community to celebrate the achievements of the 10 Fellows of the Young Leaders of the America's Initiative. The ticket includes admission, buffet dinner, non-alcoholic drink, and parking. 


October 27th Pitch Competition

Throughout their time in Kansas City, the Fellows will be working on their business pitch. This practice will culminate at a Pitch Competition. Judged by an expert panel, the winning Fellow will have the opportunity to pitch their business plan at their Closing Summit in Washington D.C. 

Contact Sarah Martin at or (816) 421-4231 for more information