South Florida Chapter Director Selected as YLAI Exchange Fellow

By Janela Cobian
June 05, 2019

Stephanie M. Jones, Founder & President of Cultural Heritage Alliance for Tourism, Inc. Selected by the U.S. Department of State as a Young Leaders of the America (YLAI) Reverse Exchange Fellow.

Opportunities in Tourism for Millennials Summit scheduled to take place Wednesday, July 3, 2019 in Montego Bay. 

Stephanie M. Jones, Cultural Heritage Tourism Consultant and Founder & President, Cultural Heritage Alliance for Tourism, Inc. will travel to Jamaica for a two-week YLAI Reverse Exchange Fellowship from June 23 - July 7, 2019. She will co-present the Opportunities in Tourism for Millennials Summit (The Summit) taking place at the Lilliput Resource Center in Montego Bay, St. James on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 from 8:00am-5:00pm. The Summit is presented in partnership with two 2018 YLAI Fellows: Gavin Lindsay, Jamaica Island Pass and Nicolene Witter, Enablers of Community Advancement Projects & Initiatives (ECAPI).

The U.S. Department of State has selected Mrs. Jones as one of 60 entities sponsored to implement entrepreneurial and community development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean as part of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Reciprocal Exchange Program during 2019.

Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Meridian International Center and locally by Global Ties Miami, YLAI builds linkages between young leaders across the hemisphere and addresses the opportunity gap for youth, especially women, by empowering business and social entrepreneurs through exchanges between the United States and countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

"It is an honor to be selected for this opportunity to work in partnership with local young entrepreneurs, the U.S. Embassy and the Jamaican tourism and business community to explore how cultural heritage tourism can become an economic driver for fueling community tourism and local assets engagement. I look forward to exploring synergy for collaboration to expand our business model in cultural heritage tourism, one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry, in Jamaica," says Stephanie M. Jones.

The purpose of the Summit is to engage 50 young persons between the ages 18-35 to discuss feasible, creative tourism product ideas that can be developed as alternative livelihood options. The Summit will address opportunities in cultural heritage tourism, tourism product development, tour guiding as well as identify support agencies for funding and business development. "The execution of the Summit will help to positively channel the creative energies of young people to legitimately earn from the booming tourism industry in Montego Bay. This Summit will also serve as a social intervention to current policing efforts being undertaken in Montego Bay," says Gavin Lindsay.

Registration is free, however, space is limited to fifty (50) millennials age 18-35. Submission of a resume or bio is required for consideration. Registration closes Friday, June 21, 2019. Submit resumes & bios and questions on how to register to

For press inquiries, please contact Alexandra Hernandez or 866.859.3930, ext. 904. For consulting inquiries, please contact Stephanie at

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