Partners believes that youth are certainly the future but also the present. Their talents and abilities must be nurtured and reinforced as they become mature and influential adult leaders who will build new opportunities for new generations.Partners brings tested methodologies, experienced staff, lessons learned and creative, proactive strategies to the areas of youth development, youth leadership, and children’s rights. For the past 50 years, Partners has engaged 5,000 youth leaders and mentors from over 20 Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) countries in various youth leadership and engagement programs which equip them to become responsible citizens in their communities. These programs help youth build leadership skills, mutual understanding between cultures, and a commitment to service, and ensure long-term engagement throughout their lives. Partners also believes that by addressing poverty and lack of education you can decrease child labor. Partners has combated this escalating crisis and improved social and psychological services to victims of child labor so they can begin healthy and productive lives.
YouthLead: Partners draws from its extensive experience in youth engagement to design this adaptable intensive leadership, service, and cultural experience. The YouthLead short term exchanges typically include: cultural immersion through host homes in mid-sized communities, direct peer interaction and exposure to global and cultural leaders, hands-on experience in managing volunteer service projects, long-term engagement in the Partners network with access to support services, resources, and opportunities for continued personal and professional growth. The Partners YouthLead team can custom tailor a rich curriculum for youth within your network.
- American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP): Partners currently implements the American Youth Leadership Program, which is a U.S. State Department sponsored cultural exchange program for youth with U.S. citizenship, ages 15-17, of limited means and/or with limited international experience. AYLP aims to build understanding among countries, increase leadership skills, and prepare them to be positive agents of change through volunteer service. They engage with local government and civic organizations, build relationships with host families and youth, and participate in skills-based training that enables and empowers them to mobilize their communities towards positive change.
- Youth Ambassadors Program (YA): Since 2003, Partners has recruited and trained over 800 youth from 17 countries across the Americas through the Youth Ambassador Program which has its origins in the Partners chapter network. The YA program, a U.S. State Department sponsored cultural exchange, brings together youth of limited means and/or with limited international experience to build understanding among countries, enhance leadership skills, and prepare them to be positive agents of change through volunteer service. They engage with local government and civic organizations, build relationships with host families and youth, and participate in skills-based training that enables and empowers them to mobilize their communities towards positive change.
- International Youth Ambassadors Network (IYAN): In recognition of a growing youth network, Partners convened over 50 youth from 19 countries in LAC for the first Youth Ambassadors Summit in Panama, where the International Youth Ambassadors Network (IYAN) was formed.
- Red2021: Created at the 2nd World Summit on Youth Volunteering in 2011, Red2021 is a forward-looking network that creates connections between youth volunteers and then maps the personal and organizational commitments. RED2021 will serve as the global platform for youth volunteers during the next 10 years, seeking to create the international alliances that they need to achieve their goals. The network is a collective commitment by corporations and youth to build a more informed, connected, and accountable global youth volunteer community.
- Reducing and Eliminating Child Labor in Brazil (EDUCAR Brazil): Although primarily focused on helping to reduce other forms of child labor in Brazil, the program also aided in the fight against commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking reaching over 10,700 beneficiaries from 2003 – 2007.
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