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Local youth Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Program



Youth-leadersBasseterre, St. Kitts, Thursday 12th October, 2017, ( –Two nationals of St. Kitts & Nevis are amongst 14 young entrepreneurs participating in a US Government sponsored initiative designed to empower entrepreneurs and civil society leaders to strengthen their capacity to launch their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to economic development in their communities.

The program is titled, Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program.

The two citizens of St. Kitts & Nevis are Akila S. Henry and Tito Chapman. They, and their Caribbean counterparts, will take part in a five-week program from October 3 until November 9.

Henry and Chapman are now in the US participate in the program being coordinated by the U.S. Department of State.

The other participants are 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; Sacha Harris  and Michelle Samuel  from St. Lucia, and Jeneille Lewis from St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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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