A message from one of your St. Lucian 2018 YLAI Recruitment Ambassadors


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(PRESS RELEASE) – A Blessed good day to you.

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program aims to empower Latin American and Caribbean business and social entrepreneurs to transform their societies and contribute more fully to economic and social development.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Meridian International Center, the initiative will bring 250 young business and social entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean to the U.S. in September and October 2018 for a five-week fellowship which will include an opening program; an individualized Fellowship program with counterpart companies or organizations throughout the U.S.; and a closing forum in Washington, D.C.

Participants will benefit from interaction with entrepreneurship experts, participation in skill building workshops, and ongoing support through networking, mentorship, and investment opportunities.

This fully-funded fellowship is open to entrepreneurs between the ages of 25 and 35 with at least two years of experience as an entrepreneur in their own business or social venture as well as citizenship and residency in one of the eligible countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. We were hoping that you would be able to share information about the program with your network and individuals who might be interested in applying. The application is available at https://ylai.state.gov and is open through March 4.

As one of your 2018 YLAI Recruitment Ambassadors, and as the creator of the Entrepreneurship Readiness Program, I will be hosting a series of Recruiting Events over the next few weeks leading up to March 4th. Please pay special attention to my Facebook page for updates on these recruitment events; https://www.facebook.com/2018YLAIRecruitmentAmbassador/.

The first of which will be live on Facebook on Wednesday February 14th 2018 from 11 am to 12 noon. The topic will be; “The Application Process For St. Lucians Preparing for The YLAI Program”. If you have any questions related to this topic, please tune in. If you will not be able to make it to the live Facebook event, please send your message via my page and I will respond during the event as I can.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Michelle N. Samuel Founder & President, SLUDTERA

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  1. A good initiative with the right motives. However, I think a bit more perspective is required here. Let me explain: The CARICOM countries do not have an entrepreneurial culture. The characteristics and structure of our financial and legislative industry and frameworks are designed to limit entrepreneurship (and saving) as much as possible while promoting consumerism.

    The individuals who pursue entrepreneurship in this unaccommodating climate tend to have the resilience to continue with their interests and don't require additional encouragement although expertise and networking will improve their SME survival rates. Funneling your limited funds to "encouraging" this demographic is inefficient, you are merely addressing a symptom and not the problem.

    Your funds, I believe, would be more efficiently utilized if they were diverted to promoting and developing an entrepreneurship culture. Identifying youth which are naturally more predisposed to entrepreneurship is not difficult, there are many simple psychometric tests. You need to push the entrepreneurship agenda to this (larger) sub-group and engage in private partnerships to secure some level of support for this initiative.

    This is a more ambitious initiative and would require significantly more work and ingenuity, however, it is not impossible. You don't need to facilitate a sudden major culture shift in Saint Lucia (that is not the goal), your goal is to be the incubator for the seed which will bring about this culture shift.

    There are many professionals in Saint Lucia who have engineered major culture shifts in global organizations, through numerous mergers and acquisitions, if you require guidance on how this initiative should be designed/approached, you should engage them. A brief call to your local Chamber of Commerce should suffice to put you in contact with such individuals. This is all the guidance I can offer this moment.

  2. Sounds like a great initiative! Will keep tuned in and young people 25-35 should do the same. Keep it up!


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