The YouthActionNet program in Chile began as a partnership between the Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB), Laureate International Universities and the International Youth Foundation in 2011. In 2015, another Laureate institution, AIEP Instituto Profesional, joined with UNAB to expand the program’s reach in Chile, and created a meaningful partnership between two of the country’s largest higher education institutions. Through this collaboration, YouthActionNet Chile now also conducts local workshops to provide education to citizens about social entrepreneurship in order to incubate more social innovation in the country.
The fellowship program seeks to identify, recognize and support accomplished social entrepreneurs, ages 18 to 29, throughout Chile. Each candidate must be the founder or cofounder of an organization that is having a positive impact on a social or environmental issue.
The YouthActionNet Chile program recognizes 10 local fellows per year. These young social entrepreneurs receive:
- Public recognition at an awards ceremony and through IYF publications and promotions
- Cash awards to support their work
- Training sessions in topics relevant to their work, such as public relations, leadership, fundraising and teamwork
- Access to a global network of YouthActionNet® alumni
For more information about YouthActionNet Chile, visit the program website.