The Dream to Reality Professional Business Training Course is a project created by 2017 YLAI Alumna Michelle N. Samuel of St. Lucia. She created this project from her participation in the December 2019 YLAI Entrepreneurs Ecosystem Everywhere Initiative (YLAI EEE Initiative) which took place in Jamaica. Thirty YLAI Alumni were selected to participate in this Training-of-The-Trainers program facilitated by 3 Day Startup.
Upon completion of the training, YLAI Alumni were required to pitch a project which they would then launch and implement on their return home. Alumni would receive a small grant from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Education & Cultural Affairs in order to implement the project. Dream to Reality was Michelle’s project.
The Dream to Reality Professional Business Training Course is a FREE blended (Instructor-led and non-instructor led) course. It's an initiative with a goal to empower women in St. Lucia to fulfill their economic potential. In doing so, they will create conditions for increased stability, security, and prosperity for all on the island.
- Completion of the DreamBuilder program.
- Registering onto the YLAI Network, the Global Entrepreneurship Network and the DTR Professional Ladies Network.
- A 3 month mentorship program with volunteers from the YLAI Network and Representatives from Dream to Reality partner agencies.
- Presenting at Startup Huddle St. Lucia.
- Registering as a participant of the Invest in an Entrepreneur Initiative.
- Graduation Day
- Follow-up with the course Facilitator for up to 12 months.
The first pilot took place from March to May 2020, with 31 Professional Women completing phase 1. They are now in phase 2 of the course.
#RepurposeRetoolRedeploy Your Dream is the second installment of the course, being offered particularly to assist women small business owners and women entrepreneurs who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 due to the closure of their business or decrease in their sales or customers.
This installment of the course will help these women to #RepurposeRetoolRedeploy their Dream and to survive. The theme for this installment of the course, is fueled by the formula developed by priceline.com CEO and Chairman of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN Global), Mr. Jeff Hoffman. With this formula, this training course will equip the women who enroll, with the practical skills needed to reposition themselves in the market & sustain their businesses. This themed initiative is a project of the #AwakenTheEntrepreneurInYou Initiative created by Michelle N. Samuel and her organization SLUDTERA.
On June 22nd 2020, we will be celebrating the Women who were selected for this program. Participating will be some of our Course Guest Speakers and Mentors. All of us #WomenWhoSupportWomen where we are helping women to #RepurposeRetoolredeploy their Dream!
Keynote Speaker - Jeff Hoffman, Chair of the Global Entrepreneurship Network & creator of the 3r's for small business survival
Other presentations: Course Facilitator, and some of the course Mentors and key stakeholders