St. Lucians among 14 young entrepreneurs participating in U.S. government-sponsored program

By US Embassy

Caption: Candidates pose with U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS Linda S. Taglialatela Deputy before departing on the U.S. Department of State’s YLAI program. Pictured from left to right: Elijah James, Michelle Samuel, Carlene Perryman, Sacha Harris, Tamara Prosper, Ambassador Linda S. Taglialatela, Paul Husbands, Janese Henderson, Jeneille Lewis.

(PRESS RELEASE) – YLAI empowers entrepreneurs and civil society leaders to strengthen their capacity to launch their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to economic development in their communities.

Janese Henderson and Elijah James from Antigua and Barbuda; Khala Hurdle and Paul Husbands from Barbados; Avena Prince and Eber Ravariere from Dominica; Teddy Frederick, Carlene Perryman, and Tamara Prosper from Grenada; Akila S. Henry and Tito Chapman from St. Kitts and Nevis; Sacha Harris and Michelle Samuel from St. Lucia, and Jeneille Lewis from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, travelled to the United States to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program .

They will take part in a five-week program from October 3 until November 9.

The fourteen entrepreneurs joined their Caribbean and Latin American counterparts with the goal of expanding their leadership and entrepreneurial experience through fellowships at businesses and civil society organizations across the United States. YLAI Fellows will build networks and lasting partnerships to attract investments and support for their entrepreneurial ventures.

This year’s cohort is comprised of two participants from the hurricane-ravaged island of Dominica who made it to the conference in the midst of suffering tremendous losses from the hurricanes. Both participants were given standing ovations for their resilience and perseverance.

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  1. Saint Lucian governments past and present still do not seem to either understand or appreciate the pivotal role of entrepreneurship to national development. The wider population, on the other hand, needs to disabuse its mind rather quickly, that entrepreneurship is the involvement of individuals in the retail of imported goods in storefronts, for resale to a highly unemployed population.

    Those who engage in the latter activity can envision little growth or expansion. This is largely because nationally, a basic knowledge of business or business education is razor thin. Moreover, our ministers of education see no future, other than to beat the same old beaten path that keeps the working-age population in the same place where they found it after having made countless empty election promises. Sad. But we are not a learning society.

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