Young Latin American Leaders Learning from Local Businesses, Non-Profits

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 00:00 -- mes3xg

Cuban entrepreneur Saily Gonzalez Velazquez, left, and Honduran activist Juan Luis Laínez Mejia are two of 10 young leaders from Latin America being hosted by the University of Virginia. (Photos by Dan Addison, University Communications)President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba last March put Saily Gonzalez Velazquez’s nascent bed-and-breakfast into overdrive. Velazquez is one of 10 young leaders from Latin America being hosted for four weeks by the University of Virginia as part of its affiliation with the Presidential Precinct. The non-profit alliance includes the College of William & Mary, William Short’s Morven Farm and the homes of three Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier and James Monroe’s Highland. Nationwide, 250 young leaders, aged 21 to 30, were selected to participate in a new White House program, the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, which was created to support promising entrepreneurs and civil society advocates. In Charlottesville, the leaders are participating in “entrepreneur-in-residence” placements with some of the community’s leading small businesses, startups and nonprofit organizations. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Jane Kelly)