2017 Host Placements Needed

The University of Notre Dame is seeking local partners to host Latin American and Caribbean young leaders. Fourteen professionals, ages 21-35, will arrive at Notre Dame in the Fall of 2017, for four weeks. They will spend much of their time on a fellowship with local for-profit and nonprofit social entrepreneurship organizations, as well as developing their own projects, before completing their U.S. experience with a summit in Washington, D.C. in the fifth week.

We are looking for host organizations willing to host and actively mentor these young professionals. We will know more specific information about our Fellows in early August; we anticipate their specialization in a wide variety of sectors including healthcare, technology, civic leadership, and more. Our goal is to connect each Fellow with an appropriate organization for their respective sector of interest, so that it is a mutually beneficial experience. The common thread among all is that they will be entrepreneurs invested in starting or growing either a business or social entrepreneurial organization in their home countries.

YLAI Fellows...

  • are emerging business or social entrepreneurs between the ages of 21 and 35
  • have a demonstrated track record of at least two years of recent or current (and preferably successful) experience with either start-up businesses or social ventures
  • have proficiency in written and oral English that qualifies him/her to have ‘working-level knowledge of English'
  • are chosen from any one of 36 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean

The ideal host organization will...

  • be a small to medium-sized business, nonprofit, or social venture in the Michiana area
  • have an interest in mentoring a young professional
  • be willing to make the Fellow a temporary member of their team
  • have an interest or experience in the Latin America and Caribbean region

Responsibilities of the host organization:

  • attend an orientation session in September at Notre Dame
  • provide a fellowship opportunity, four days a week for four weeks
  • include Fellow in a variety of activities to give him/her a window into how the organization operates
  • provide a workspace for the Fellow
  • allow 1-2 hours during each workday for the Fellow to work on their own project
  • actively mentor the Fellow about their project throughout the four weeks
  • allow the Fellow to feel like a valued member of the team

Responsibilities of NDIGD:

  • match Fellow with appropriate host organization
  • arrange transportation to and from the host organization's location
  • lodging and logistics for the Fellow
  • daily check-ins with each Fellow
  • weekly check-ins with each host organization
  • programming for each Friday
  • all reporting and communication with the U.S. Department of State and Meridian

To apply

If you're interested in hosting a YLAI fellow within your business or organization, please click on the button below to apply. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Jennifer Krauser.