The impact of the SEED Program is far reaching. During their U.S.-based scholarship, students develop professional skills, community action plans, and cross-cultural friendships. In turn, they return home to support their national economies by working in key sectors related to USAID’s regional economic and social development strategies. On the job and in their communities they promote democratic values, including participatory leadership, rule of law, and free-market economics. Alumni community action plans promote civic and infrastructure projects throughout their countries.

In addition to the technical and development impact of the program alumni, the SEED Program supports U.S. public diplomacy efforts. American citizens and U.S. companies in communities throughout the U.S. have the chance to develop productive and beneficial relationships with young leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean. This benefits political, professional, and trade relationship for people in the U.S. and all participating countries.