Notre Dame to host a Young Bolivian Leader: Freddy Poma

Luis Ruuska reports for Notre Dame News, excerpts pertaining Bolivia follow:

Notre Dame to host 10 new Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) fellows

The University of Notre Dame will welcome 10 business and social entrepreneurs from across Latin America and the Caribbean beginning Monday, Oct. 9, for the 2017 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) program.

The YLAI program aims to empower business and social entrepreneurs to transform their societies and contribute more fully to economic development and prosperity, security, human rights and good governance in the hemisphere.

As part of the four-week program, the YLAI fellows will each shadow one business or nonprofit organization in the Michiana region for four days each week during regular business hours. By working alongside these host organizations, the fellows will learn to accelerate their commercial and social ventures’ success and develop specific action plans to carry out upon return to their home countries. Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, both a part of the new Keough School of Global Affairs, will supplement the fellows’ experience through an entrepreneurship institute on campus and through various networking, leadership and cultural events.

The 2017 class of YLAI fellows, four men and six women, hail from 10 countries:

  • Freddy Poma from Bolivia is the founder and CEO of Buena Fuente (“Good Source”), an organization dedicated to helping university students develop journalistic skills.

Notre Dame is among an elite group of 24 universities and city hubs chosen by the U.S. Department of State and its implementing partner, Meridian International Center, to host these 10 YLAI fellows, who are part of a nationwide cohort of 250 in total.

Since the program’s establishment in 2016, NDIGD and the Kellogg Institute have partnered to facilitate the program at Notre Dame.

In mid-November, the fellows will travel to Washington, D.C., for a multi-day conference and networking event with top U.S. government officials, as well as global public, private and nonprofit leaders.

For more information about the YLAI program at Notre Dame, visit

Contact: Luis Ruuska, communications specialist, Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development,

Bolivian Thoughts opinion: Sincere and proud kudos to Freddy Poma! Bolivia needs more people like him. Despite eleven years of hectic political times, cheap demagogue and populist irrelevant and impractical ideas, there are still bright Bolivians like Freddy!

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