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2017 Colombian and Venezuelan Youth Ambassadors Selected

Partners is proud to announce the 2017 Youth Ambassadors from Colombia and Venezuela! The group consists of 20 youth and two adult mentors who will travel to Washington, D.C. for one week, and subsequently spend two weeks in either Arkansas or Tennessee. The youth were selected in an open competition for students ages 15-17 who have outstanding school records, display leadership qualities, and have demonstrated interest in improving their local community.

Paraguay Okakuaa apoyando el comercio justo en la producción de azúcar

Financiado por el Departamento de Trabajo de los EE.UU. (USDOL), Paraguay Okakuaa es un proyecto liderado por el Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Seguridad Social (MTESS) de Paraguay, que busca reducir las peores formas de trabajo infantil y mejorar el cumplimiento de las leyes laborales y las condiciones para el trabajo en el Departamento de Guairá, específicamente en los municipios de Borja, Iturbe, Troche, Paso Yobai y Villarrica.

Paraguay Okakuaa Supports Fair Trade Sugar Production

Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Paraguay Okakuaa is a project led by Paraguay's Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security (MTESS), which seeks to reduce the worst forms of child labor and improve compliance with labor laws and work conditions. Partners of the Americas implements this program and works in the Department of Guairá specifically in the municipalities of Borja, Iturbe, Troche, Paso Yobai and Villarrica.

Sport for Employability Program Expands to Vocational Training Centers in Colombia

We are pleased to have expanded our A Ganar program to Colombia this year, in partnership with Colombia’s National Learning Service SENA and Volunteers Colombia. A Ganar is a sport-for-development program that prepares at-risk teens and young adults to find a job or return to school.

The Journey of the Hero for Raymond in the Panama Teacher Match Program

Raymond Devenney was a participant in the 2017 program, Panama Teacher Match, implemented by Partners of the Americas and funded by the U.S. Embassy in Panama. In this program, Raymond worked for six weeks alongside local English teachers in the public school system of Panama, training and coaching them in different methodologies. This is his story of his experience during the program.

Developing Emergency Medical Response Infrastructure in Mexico

Texas Partners has been an important player in helping universities in Mexico develop the infrastructure for EMT services. They recently held their first bi-national meeting to continue making headway on the project.

Tennessee-Dominican Linkages in Higher Education and Small Business Development

Partners-sponsored trips help build strong relationships between Latin American nations and states in the U.S. In June, Galen Hull, a member of our Tennessee Partners chapter traveled to the Dominican Republic to forge university and trade connections with Tennessee.

U.S. Youth Ambassadors Reflect on Exchange to Colombia

Last month, ten high school students from across the U.S. were selected to represent their peers in Colombia based on academic achievements, displayed leadership qualities, and community involvement. They ventured first to Washington, D.C. for a pre-workshop, and then abroad, where they were immersed in a new culture and surroundings. Here, two Youth Ambassadors recount their experiences that forever changed them, and brought them one step closer to becoming global citizens.

Colorado Chapter Hosts Program for English Teachers

Alcides Hermes Thereza Jr. lives with his wife and three children in Goiás, Brazil where he trains English teachers at the local state university. In July, however, he traded his regular life for a month in Colorado, which he spent living with host families, taking rigorous coursework, and immersing himself in American culture. 

Zen Naturals Launches Skincare Products at Whole Foods, Affirming Commitment to Ethical Manufacturing and Fair Trade in Colombia

Colombia-based natural skincare company Zen Naturals sources its ingredients from the Department of Cauca, one of the regions most affected by the country’s prolonged armed conflict. Through ethical manufacturing and fair trade practices, the company has taken a leadership role in re-investing in the Paez indigenous communities that grow the quinoa used in their products.

$1.2M Awarded to Higher Ed Institutions to Expand Student Exchanges Globally

It’s been a busy month for us at Partners of the Americas as we have had the pleasure of announcing the winners of 38 grants, totalling $1.2 million dollars. The winners were higher education institutions located across 7 continents, 27 countries, and 24 U.S. states. (Next time, Antarctica!).

ESPN Builds Sport Court in São Paulo, in Partnership with Vencer Program

The community of São Remo celebrates the donation of a new safe space to play sports. Built by community volunteers and ESPN employees, the new court will be the home of sustainable programs teaching young people employability skills through sports, thanks to our Vencer program along with other local partners.

2017 U.S. Youth Ambassadors Selected for Trip to Colombia

Through Partners of the Americas’ Youth Ambassadors program, we aim to strengthen mutual understanding, awareness, and cooperation between the people of the United States and Colombia.

A través del programa de Jóvenes Embajadores, Partners of the Americas aspira a fortalecer la comprensión mutua, la conciencia y la cooperación entre los Estados Unidos y Colombia.​

Two Burleson’s in Nicaragua

Partners’ Farmer-to-Farmer program recently sent Connie and Wayne Burleson on an assignment to Nicaragua. Connie provided training to school teachers on crop management, harvesting methods, and composting, while Wayne provided training to local organizations on the use of rotational cattle grazing practices with electric fences.

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