Q&A: The Leadership Academy Spanning 17 Latin American Countries

By Tara Hein

Diego Ontaneda Benavides’s organization trains teenagers, most from marginalized communities, into budding changemakers.

This article is adapted from AQ’s special report on Latin America's election super-cycle AQ: What is the Latin American Leadership Academy (LALA) Diego Ontaneda Benavides: LALA is a nonprofit that empowers young people to realize their full leadership potential through training and network-building. In six years, we’ve supported over 2,200 teenagers from 17 countries, with 70% coming from historically marginalized communities. Our graduates have started hundreds of social impact organizations and projects that now reach tens of thousands of people. This is our strategy to build...

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