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Lighting the torch of change: Youth volunteering in Haiti

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By Elise Kemp. As a part of the YLAI Network’s mission, community involvement in fostering development is critical. Hearing about the impact that our networkmembers are making in their own communities is a real privilege and helps us see how impactful it can be to volunteer locally.

Remodeling English language education in Costa Rica

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By luck when he was young, Alex Solano took an English language course that would change his life. One inspiring teacher forever changed the way that Alex viewed education, and he received a scholarship to continue taking courses on teaching English.

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Advice from an entrepreneurship expert, with Professor Michael Goldberg

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The YLAI Network hosted Michael Goldberg , a professor of entrepreneurship and an expert in international business development, for a Facebook chat in November for Global Entrepreneurship Week. Michael answered questions from network members requesting advice for their entrepreneurial endeavors.

Strengthening financial education in Argentina with honesty and integrity

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“It is important to try to understand your customers and their needs and supply what they need with honesty,” says Gastón Fontaine.

State of MENA Startups 2019, Report

MAGNiTT and 500 Startups jointly launch first 'State of MENA Startups 2019" report. Survey findings reveal insights on trends in fundraising exercise, exit opportunities, hiring, and growth optimization.

Supporting and empowering children with autism in Nicaragua

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By Ana Gonzalez. In 1992, the United Nations proclaimed December 3 to be the International Day of Disabled Persons to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities and to raise awareness of the situations they face in political, social, economic, and cultural aspects of life.

Conscious fashion promotes traditional Panamanian artisans

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By Elise Kemp. Growing up, Nayleen Quintero was surrounded and nurtured by Panamanian folklore. Nayleen, a 2017 YLAI fellow, is from a small rural village in the province of Los Santos, Panama.

Ashna Mahepal to Young Entrepreneurs: Identify Your Source of Empowerment

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Ashna Mahepal, founder of Young Help Suriname (YHS) , is a member of the YLAI Network and 2016 YLAI Fellow. She created the organization out of her passion for social entrepreneurial impact.

Counteracting corruption: 3 questions of self-reflection for leaders

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By Elise Kemp. Corruption is a concept that may be familiar to many, especially in Latin America. There are often campaigns for anti-corruption reforms in government, businesses publicly fighting against corrupt competitors, and protests blocking roads to advocate for anti-corruption.

Avoiding bias and making informed decisions when hiring

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By Amanda Hinojosa, Howard University. Hiring decisions are key decisions that can have a lasting impact on an organization. Choosing who to offer a job to is not a decision that should be taken lightly.

Advancing social and environmental change in Argentina

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Entrepreneurship can empower individuals and communities limited in resources. Someone with a good entrepreneurial spirit will look for ways to improve a community and its integrity through its businesses and missions.

The Startup Funding Gap

This resource discusses the gap between early funding from friends/family and the more substantial rounds from angel groups and VCs. Why does this gap exist and what can be done about it?

Creating a “can do” mindset for integrity

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By Liliana López-Jiménez, Ph.D. Business Professor at Universidad Externado de Colombia. Young professionals are bound to encounter ethical challenges quite early in their lives in the workforce.

How a Fashion Brand in Honduras Is Preserving the Country’s Traditional Culture

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Growing up in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Rafael López enjoyed, among other pastimes, hiding his money in his grandmother’s closet. She told me I would be successful because I took care of my money,” Rafael says.

Three choices to make this International Anti-Corruption Day

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By Kaelyn Vitale . According to Transparency International’s 2019 Latin America Barometer , 77% of survey respondents in Latin America and the Caribbean are ready and willing to tackle corruption.

Simple ways to fight corruption

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Every year, more than $3 trillion is paid in bribes or is stolen by corrupt officials. If that doesn’t affect you, it may affect someone you know. What is corruption? Corruption is the abuse of office for personal gain, and it takes many forms.

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Startup Communities – Where to Find Them and How to Get Involved

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An entrepreneur needs a network of supportive people and resources to maximize his or her chances of success, because there will always be fires to put out. While entrepreneurs can be found everywhere, some startup ecosystems are thriving more than others.

Advancing your business with the help of an accelerator

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When emerging entrepreneur David Davila started to develop his idea of a family business selling coffee, one of his friends recognized that he had a great idea and encouraged him to apply to Union Kitchen, a startup accelerator in the United States.

Design Thinking: Refresh Your Business Model and Insert Creativity into Your Routine

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The YSEALI Network’s #TechTuesday Design Thinking webchat provides powerful insights about the advantages that “design thinking” can bring to any undertaking.

What kind of leader are you?

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The most effective way to encourage your employees to practice integrity is to practice integrity yourself.

6 Ways to Sell Your Business on Social Media

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How many times a day do you check your phone? If you’re anything like the average millennial, you might be checking your social media feeds as often as 150 times per day. If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur, this statistic works in your favor.

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Creating a community and brand beyond the product

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Building Your Brand: Lessons from SXSW 2019

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Establishing a brand identity is a critical element of your business success. In order to stand out to customers, business leaders should practice telling the story of their brands in a way that connects with their audiences.

3 Ways to Turn a Profit While Doing Good

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Looking to make a positive impact along with a profit?

NewsGuard: Fighting misinformation with Nutrition Labels for news

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NewsGuard helps its users distinguish between reliable news websites and those from bad actors trying to fool readers. By Macaela Bennett and Sarah Brandt. When you see a headline in a social media post or search result, do you know who’s behind the article or whether they have an agenda?

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Expand Your Horizon: Explore New Ways to Find Partners and Grow Your Business

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Successful companies and emerging startups often find themselves in need of more resources and partners. Knowing how to find them can be hard, but it’s not impossible. Organization, persistence and patience will pay off as you search for new investors and business partners.

El valor de la educación en alfabetización mediática

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Tomamos nuestros celulares y tabletas y nos preparamos para enfrentar los engaños que seguramente están al acecho tras cada tecla que apretamos o clic que hacemos.

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Sparking a Change: Insights from LinkedIn’s Speaker Series discussion with Jennifer Dulski

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LinkedIn’s Speaker Series promotes innovative thinking about productivity and success. Recently, Jennifer Dulski spoke about her experiences in making a social impact through her work at Facebook and as president of Change.org. Anyone can spark change.

Illustrating how to be an ethical leader, with Senior Director for Leadership Ethics, Ann Skeet

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“More and more, leaders are being held responsible in their organization,” says Ann Skeet, Senior Director for Leadership Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Ann guides programs in leadership, business, and social sector ethics, and researches, writes, and speaks about the ethical dilemmas of leaders. She understands the impact that a leader’s value and character have on the livelihood of their organization and the employees within it.

Los cuatro principales beneficios al unirse a la Red YLAI

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Top 4 benefits of joining the YLAI Network

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The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Network is a community of inspiring young entrepreneurs and change-makers from Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada who are committed to promoting economic growth, strengthening civil society and creating change in their communities.

4 ways to foster transparency in your organization

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By Ana Gonzalez. Responsible business starts with you.

Taller con Óscar Tadeo: Textiles y moda artesanal

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Fecha: Sábado 21 de septiembre de 2019. Hora: 10:00 a.m. hora de El Salvador. Tema: Taller de textiles y moda artesanal. Regístrate con anticipación.

Honoring a family coffee trade with new innovations

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“You start every day with coffee, and you end every day with coffee.” From age 7, David Dávila, learned how to brew his own coffee before he went to school. Coffee before and after school was the norm in his household.

Taller con Wilson Saavedra: Innovación en la industria alimenticia

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Fecha: Sábado 31 de agosto de 2019. Hora: 10:00 a.m. hora de El Salvador. Tema: La internacionalización de empresas en la industria alimenticia. Regístrate con anticpación. Recursos de la presentación: Presentación [ PPT ] [ PDF ].

Inspiring energy efficiency in Bolivia and avoiding corruption

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“We work hard to inspire innovation for future generations through our own example,” says Hernann Zabala, of EnerGea in Bolivia.

Eliminating gender-based violence in Peru one ‘sonrisa’ at a time

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By Elise Kemp. This November, the United Nations honors the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This day recognizes and celebrates the declaration passed by the U.N. General Assembly in 1993.

Understanding and recognizing bias in the workplace

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By Amanda Hinojosa, Howard University. Bias is a preference or tendency which can be for or against a person, group, or thing when compared to another. This definition suggests that bias is something prevalent in all aspects of life.

How to act on your values, with Giving Voice to Values founder, Mary Gentile

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When facing a conflict of ethics in the workplace, you may feel as though you don’t have the ability to speak up or make a change. You have more choice than you think you do,” assures Mary Gentile. Mary Gentile, Ph.D.,

Taller con María Ximena Cediel: Empoderamiento juvenil para el desarrollo comunitario

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Título: Empoderamiento juvenil para la construcción de una sociedad equitativa. Resumen: Esta charla describirá cómo los emprendedores pueden contribuir a ayudar a la juventud a generar ideas de negocio rentables con los recursos disponibles en zonas asociadas con la pobreza.

Taller con Miguel Solórzano: Calidad y proceso de manufactura de alimentos

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Este taller discutirá las buenas prácticas de manufactura de alimentos para emprendedores; las técnicas de medición de la calidad de un producto; la relación entre calidad, precio y producto; y cómo manejar y sacar provecho de los desperdicios.

Conectar la comunidad con el ciudadano: Cómo los medios de noticias locales pueden desarrollar la comunidad y salvar a los medios nacionales

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Por Meg Jones. Con tantas fuentes de noticias y voces que hablan una sobre la otra, es difícil aquietar la mente el tiempo suficiente para evaluar la calidad de una noticia en los medios.

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The Value of Media Literacy Education

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We grab our phones and tablets and brace ourselves for the hoaxes sure to be lurking behind every tap or click.

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