Accomplished young social entrepreneurs in Chile and Peru will soon have access to advanced training, networking, and funding opportunities through the expansion of IYF’s YouthActionNet® program.

“We are thrilled to be working in partnership with the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation to expand the opportunities available through YouthActionNet® to more young leaders in Latin America,” said Bill Reese, President and CEO of 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 in Chile and Peru join similar Laureate-sponsored initiatives in Brazil, Mexico, Spain, and Turkey as part of the YouthActionNet® Global Network. These two new local programs are the result of Laureate’s recent Clinton Global Initiative commitment to support 13 YouthActionNet® programs at Laureate institutions in partnership with IYF by 2014.

In Peru, Premio Protagonistas del Cambio UPC (UPC Champions of Change Award), an initiative of the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC), a member of the Laureate International Universities (LIU) Network, was officially launched on April 28. The 10 Fellows selected for the program in 2011 will receive leadership training, mentoring, and a monetary award for their social change activities.

In Chile, ACCION JOVEN (Youth Action Awards) is being carried out under the auspices of Universidad Andres Bello, a fellow LIU Network member. Following its official launch on May 3, the program is now accepting applications for its inaugural class of Fellows. The 10 youth, ages 18 to 29, to be selected will represent diverse regions and backgrounds, forming a rich learning community. Fellows will participate in a specialized week-long training designed to build their entrepreneurial and project management skills and will benefit from mentoring support and a financial award to support their projects.

Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, YouthActionNet® was created with a bold mission: to develop a new generation of socially-conscious global citizens who create positive change in their communities, their countries, and the world. To date, more than 420 leaders in 60-plus countries have benefited from YouthActionNet® and now form a vibrant global community of young social innovators.

For more information, please visit www.youthactionnet.org and www.laureate.net.