The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) is a nonprofit organization that works in cooperation with the Organization of American States (OAS) to promote social and economic development of young people around the world. While building entrepreneurial capacity and creating opportunities for future business leaders, the YABT community advances the global goals and strengthens youth-led initiatives for sustainable development.
YABT has four focus areas to support youth ventures, especially those working on poverty reduction, employment, climate change, peace and democracy.
Leadership: Connecting young entrepreneurs and national associations in a regional network, with opportunities to form a new generation of responsible business leaders.
Training: Emphasizing practical experience to generate an entrepreneurial spirit and foster innovation in young people, while motivating them and leading them through a “real life” business experience.
Technology: Utilizing the potential of internet to provide information and to form networks of learning, business opportunities and virtual communities.
Resources and Alliances: Working through international alliances and national chapters that provide technical and financial support to develop young entrepreneurs programs for the new generation of businessmen and businesswomen.
YABT programs have a positive impact on all aspects of young people’s lives. Since its creation, it has bolstered more than 40,000 young people in 75 countries through programs and activities that permit young people to be productive members of their communities, opening a space so that they can act as partners contributing to the development of their countries and the region.