YLAI

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Surinamese youth win with robotics

A group in Suriname trains teenagers to compete in robotics at the international level, hoping to spur the next generation of innovators.
Man and woman with plantains (© Margarita Bajaña/Revista Zonalibre)

Ecuadorian plantain business survives earthquake … and thrives

Following a natural disaster, an Ecuadorian woman learns how to make her business bigger and better through a U.S.-supported training program.
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Ice cream shops, one in Texas and one in Belize, share...

A young entrepreneur in Belize sharpened his focus on employee development after interning at a chain of Texas ice cream parlors.
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Youth transform Southern Cone into ‘region of makers’

Building a startup is not a popular career choice in the Southern Cone, but some young entrepreneurs in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay want to change that.
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Q&A on the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Find out more about the exciting YLAI program to help young leaders in the Western Hemisphere build brighter futures for themselves and their communities.
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Richard Branson’s advice to entrepreneurs

Here are four takeaways from Richard Branson's talk on entrepreneurship with fellows from the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative.
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Connecting cultures while learning a new language too

Have you ever wanted to learn a second language but not had luck in the classroom? This Chilean entrepreneur has a solution: Join a conversation group.
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Her startup is preserving Mexico’s culture

Thinking about doing good in your community? Read how this Mexican woman created a startup to help local artisans and preserve her country's culture.
Diagram of computer converting eye movement into speech (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Could an app help the speechless communicate? This Trinidadian thinks so.

After strokes or head trauma, patients can have difficulty communicating with their caretaker. This entrepreneur is working on an app to give them a voice.