Two Laureate institutions, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas and Universidad Andrés Bello, recently joined the growing network of Laureate institutions to launch and operate the International Youth Foundation's YouthActionNet® program for young social entrepreneurs ages 18 - 29.
In Peru, the Premio Protagonistas del Cambio UPC (UPC Champions of Change Award), was launched at a breakfast ceremony at the Hotel Los Delfines on Thursday, April 28, 2011. Ten Peruvian awardees will be recruited and selected by September 2011. The inaugural class of UPC Champions of Change Fellows will receive training, mentoring, a cash award, and recognition in an awards ceremony on Friday, October 28, 2011.
In Chile, ACCION JOVEN / Reconocimiento UNAB (Youth Action Awards / UNAB Recognition), was officially announced at an event hosted at Universidad Andrés Bello's Casona Campus on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Ten Chilean awardees will be recruited and selected by October 2011. The first class of ACCION JOVEN/UNAB Fellows will benefit from training, mentoring, a cash award, and recognition in an awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 15, 2011.
"We are thrilled to be working in partnership with the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation (SLF) to expand the opportunities available through YouthActionNet® to more young leaders in Latin America," said William Reese, President and CEO of the International Youth Foundation (IYF). "The region has entered a bold new phase of growth and opportunity and the investment in these youth and their social change innovations will reap returns far into the future."
The programs join similar Laureate-sponsored initiatives in Brazil, Mexico, Spain, and Turkey as part of the YouthActionNet® Global Network and resulting from Laureate's recent Clinton Global Initiative commitment to fully fund the YouthActionNet® global program and launch 13 YouthActionNet® institutes in partnership with the International Youth Foundation at Laureate institutions by 2014.