Lygia gives a presentation

You’ve Got a (True or False) Message

When I was young and I was studying English, one of my favorite exercises was the “True or False.” Finding out if the information presented was real or not was something that I loved. I had to check what was presented, the context, etc. Although I don’t take English classes anymore, I have the feeling I’m doing this exercise every day.

Sidewalk newspaper boxes lined up by a covered plaza

The Importance of Media Literacy

Media literacy, put simply, is the ability to identify different types of media and the messages they are sending. When we speak of media, it encompasses print media, such as newspapers, magazines and posters, and theatrical presentations, tweets, radio broadcasts, etc. Being able to understand these various forms of information with an ability to make sense of what is presented is key.

Andre Pitts, YLAI Fellow 2017

Using Social Entrepreneurship to Create Change in Belizean Communities

I’m Andre Pitts, a 26-year-old Belizean. As a developing nation, Belize has its fair share of challenges: an unstable economy, high crime rate, and high unemployment as well as underemployment. One of the biggest challenges is the inability of parents to pay for their children’s education and associated expenses. In the village that I live … Read More »

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative: The 2018 Fellows by the numbers

Meet the 2018 YLAI Professionals Fellows

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and its implementing partner, Meridian International Center, are proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program.

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work." -Steve Jobs

Advice from YLAI Network entrepreneurs

As an entrepreneur, you may have made a few mistakes in getting started. We all do. But you learned.

We asked YLAI Network entrepreneurs what advice they wish they had when they got started, so we can learn together.