Thank you for joining us for another year!

Happy 2022

As we start 2022, we don’t want to let pass more time without thanking all of you for the support provided to our organization and for working together with YABT in achieving its objectives of supporting the social and economic development of young people in Latin America, the Caribbean and around the world.

2021 was not an easy year for anybody, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected everybody and today more than ever, all the coordinated actions we can provide to the recovery efforts in our region are necessary.

YABT through its work with young people and its emphasis on innovation, entrepreneurship and civic participation firmly believes in the need to continue supporting young people, to work with them in developing innovative solutions and to strengthen their capacity at all levels, so that their contributions can be as meaningful as possible.

The InnovAction Challenge, the Eco Challenge and TIC Jalisco, special categories of The Talent of Innovation of the Americas (TIC Americas) were a solid prove on how multisectoral organizations, when they share a common objective, can work together and contribute to the development of our region.

Special thanks to the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Foundation, PepsiCo Latin American Beverages, the Government of Jalisco, the Summit of the Americas and the Gender Innovation Lab for Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Bank for their support and partnership, without them, YABT wouldn’t be able to create an opportunity for thousands of young people in all Latin America and the Caribbean, who tackle directly specific challenges that our region goes through.

We need to recognize and thank the outstanding work and contribution of the international experts and partners that support the process as mentors, judges and coaches.

In the summer of 2022 and within the framework of the IX Summit of the Americas, YABT will host the VI Young Americas Forum, an official process for the participation of young people in the Summit process. We look forward to continue working with all of you, bringing young people voice to the Summit and consolidating their role of partners for prosperity.

We invite young people, to continue their active participation in the consultations, to be part of the Policy Labs, a new component of the Foro and to let their voices heard, and to the international community to partner with YABT and join efforts.

I don’t want to end without thanking our Board of Directors, and to recognize the work of our staff, a multinational team of outstanding professionals and leaders who firmly believes that unleashing the potential of young people is the key for the efforts in ending poverty. Please continue taking care of yourself and your family and being a positive part of our society.

We wish all of an excellent 2022, full of opportunities and success.

Un abrazo,

Luis A. Viguria
Chief Executive Officer,
Young Americas Business Trust


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- "We stand ready to help countries in the Americas strengthen democracy, fight corruption, and lay down the good governance necessary to attract private investment, deliver services, and create opportunities that young people seek and deserve."

Administrator, USAID
VI Annual Leadership for the Americas Awards Gala
September 28, 2021