13 Eastern Caribbean young entrepreneurs traveled to the United States last week to take part in a US government program that focuses on empowering entrepreneurs and civil society leaders to strengthen their capacity to launch their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to economic development in their communities. Among the EC selected few choosen to take part in the four-week program was Vincentian Karen De Freitas.

Karen alongside her colleagues are now part of US Department of State’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program that will run from September 20 until October 23. The 13 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.

The other participants are: Shawn Maille from Antigua and Barbuda; Christina Hunte, Corey Jackman and Phillip Kellman from Barbados; Lien Philogene-Norville from Dominica; Michael Thomas from Grenada; Shane Browne and Janeel Boone from St. Kitts and Nevis; and Nyus Alfred, Johanan Dujon, Laurah John and Chadia Mathurin from St. Lucia.