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At The Threshold

2012 Annual Report


Who We Are Partners of the Americas’ mission is to connect people and organizations across borders to serve and to change lives through lasting partnerships. These partnerships create opportunity, foster understanding, and solve real-life problems. The Partners Network is comprised of volunteers and professionals who are committed to serving others. Our partnerships are built around the core structure of chapters in countries and states that form north/ south partnerships. We also form inter-institutional partnerships between northern and southern universities, development agencies, and civic organizations.  Inspired by President Kennedy and founded in 1964 under the Alliance for Progress, Partners is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with international offices in Washington, DC. Get involved at www.partners.net.

Contents 4 Featured Stories from the Partners Network 6 New Initiatives 9 Program Updates 12 Financial Statements 13 Contributors, Boards

Thank You to the thousands of volunteers and collaborators who donated their time and resources to Partners in 2012!


Who We Are Partners of the Americas’ mission is to connect people and organizations across borders to serve and to change lives through lasting partnerships. These partnerships create opportunity, foster understanding, and solve real-life problems. The Partners Network is comprised of volunteers and professionals who are committed to serving others. Our partnerships are built around the core structure of chapters in countries and states that form north/ south partnerships. We also form inter-institutional partnerships between northern and southern universities, development agencies, and civic organizations.  Inspired by President Kennedy and founded in 1964 under the Alliance for Progress, Partners is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with international offices in Washington, DC. Get involved at www.partners.net.

Contents 4 Featured Stories from the Partners Network 6 New Initiatives 9 Program Updates 12 Financial Statements 13 Contributors, Boards

Thank You to the thousands of volunteers and collaborators who donated their time and resources to Partners in 2012!


Message from the President “At the Threshold” captures what I increasingly feel is a historic

moment in our appreciation and understanding of the Americas. That in 2012 Partners of the Americas also stood on the threshold of our 50th Anniversary is no coincidence. For 48 years, we’ve been building the connections that matter to serve and to change lives. Increasingly, Partners is recognized for our international development expertise in food security, youth employment, climate change, and anti-child labor, just to cite a few areas. Far from a “mid-life crisis”, Partners is steadily achieving a “mid-life clarity”—about who we are and our relevance of mission and purpose. What have we learned? Empower a volunteer to change their community and anything is possible. Partnerships are not just the basis of cooperation; they’re the building blocks of understanding. That citizen development and citizen diplomacy go hand-in-hand. It is with this hardearned wisdom that Partners continues to tackle the very real political, socio-economic, and environmental problems of our hemisphere. It seems that organizationally we are reaching what Malcolm Gladwell would call the “tipping point” —the precipice of powerful, viral impact—and the recognition that goes with it. I encourage you to be a part of this change, whether it is with the use of your time, talents, or financial support. Be a part of something nearly 50 years in the making. Allow me to highlight just some of the work that gives me such optimism and positions Partners to play an ever more meaningful role in our world:

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PartnersConnect: In July of 2012, the International Board of Directors approved the PartnersConnect initiative, which is our attempt to put our arms around the growing universe of individuals, organizations, and programs that make up the Partners network. It is our hope that this initiative will allow us to better “map” our network and extend the invitation to those who for so long sat on the perimeter, working at times with us and wondering how they might play a larger role. Perhaps you’re one such person or organization— if so, visit www.partners.net/partnersconnect to learn more. 100,000 Strong in the Americas: This signature educational initiative for President Obama in the Western Hemisphere seeks to increase the number of students studying abroad to 100,000 BOTH northbound AND southbound by the end of the decade. Partners is honored to have been chosen to lead this initiative along with NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and the U.S. Department of State. How did we win this honor? By recounting the stories of how there are more than 1,200

graduates from Bolivia at the University of Arkansas, more than 850 Paraguayos who have graduated from the University of Kansas, and more than 1,200 Louisiana State University graduates from El Salvador. Our goal is to raise $10 million a year with the support of the White House and the Department of State which will then be granted to universities who are willing to commit to innovative plans to increase the flow of students. Youth: The issues of unemployment, access to education, and violence that inhibit the natural potential of so many youth are naturally of great concern. But Partners is confronting all of these issues through a bevy of youth-focused programs, including A Ganar, Youth Ambassadors, Youth Lead, and several more. That more than 10,500 youth have now received jobs or continued their education through A Ganar is a 2012 milestone I’m very proud of. Professional Leadership Exchanges: In 2012, Partners Senior ECPA Fellows communicated the gravity of the environmental challenges we face at a whole series of international events. The launch of the International Business Fellows Matching program is a refreshing public-private partnership that I am hopeful we can replicate throughout the hemisphere. PartnersCampus: So much grew out of the 2nd World Summit for Youth Volunteering that took place in 2011 in Barranquilla, Colombia at the Universidad del Norte (UNINORTE). Partners now has 18 Partners Campuses, including one at UNINORTE, engaged in learning about the hemisphere and working on a range of programs. Finally, I am always lifted by the community activism and chapter-level leadership of Partners’ volunteers, who are truly second to none. I’m so pleased to highlight a microcosm of their efforts as a part of this report. Thanks to our International Board, staff, consultants, and the 51 interns that participated in our 2012 programming who have made so much of this work possible. As we step across the threshold and into the celebrations of our 50th, let it be with a sense of accomplishment, but also with challenge, purpose, and the “roll up your sleeves” attitude that has always characterized the best of Partners. Steve Vetter President and CEO Partners of the Americas


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Featured Stories from the Partners Network Colorado, United States-Minas Gerais, Brazil Through her nonprofit, US-Brasil Connect, Mary Gershwin connected students online to four-week internships in Salvador, Bahia, where they were introduced to the topic of sustainability. Dancer Getulio Ramalho transformed his favela childhood into live performance art. By sharing his life story with college students and at-risk youth, Getulio demonstrated how youth can express their thoughts and emotions positively through dynamic movement, rhythm, and space. Disability expert Patricia Yeager worked with Rosana Bastos in Belo Horizonte on ways to empower. Engaging in public conversations about the importance of independent living, they cited the championship spirit of a blind Brazilian soccer team.

Wisconsin, United States-Nicaragua

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Over 150 Wisconsin residents traveled to Nicaragua in 2012. At the same time, the partnership collaborated to send more than $100,000 worth of materials to Nicaragua. Many of these materials were used at partnership-run “Learning Centers�. There are currently 100 Learning centers that strive to serve the immediate needs of women and their families while building their capacity for civic leadership. Professionals from both Wisconsin and from Nicaragua work together constantly to find new avenues for empowering the communities they serve.

Want to learn more about the work of Partners’ Chapters? Visit www.partners.net/blog


North Carolina, United States-Cochabamba, Bolivia For the 7th year, Carlos Vargas led a successful medical team visit in March with 5 plastic surgeons, 2 endoscopic-laparoscopic surgeons, and an ENT surgeon. All together, more than 170 surgeries were performed. Over the past seven years, these visits have resulted in more than 710 successful procedures.

Maryland, United States-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil The University of Maryland’s Department of Environmental Science and Technology (ENST), in cooperation with Maryland-Rio Partners of the Americas, hosted nine Brazilian university students and one professor from July 22 to August 3. The exchange program focused on ecology and natural resources management and has been ongoing since 1993. Every other year a group of Brazilian students and one or two professors come to Maryland. In the intervening years, a like group from Maryland travels to Brazil. IIn 2012, students learned about University of Maryland research and education programs and traveled to nearby university labs, the Cooperative Oxford Lab (state and federal), the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, and national and local parks. Lindsay Rohrbaugh and Dan Rauch, former University of Maryland students now working for the DC Department of the Environment, greeted the group and led discussions and field trips focused on work of the department in Washington, D.C (see photo). Kate Bissell and Ana Chuquin, former students at the University of Maryland, who made the exchange trip to Brazil in 2007, also helped with the program this year. Ana, now with the National Park Service’s Rock Creek Park, arranged an all-day outing with park service experts in Rock Creek Park and at the Center for Urban Ecology. Kate set up an afternoon meeting with officials of the Inter-American Development Bank focused on Brazilian projects supported by the Bank. The exchange program is a cooperative effort of the University of Maryland, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Universidade Federal Fluminense, and Partners of the Americas (Maryland and Rio chapters).

Volunteer Linda Watson was one of the team of four professionals in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)who traveled to Bolivia in 2012 in the 2nd phase of the Autism Project, a collaboration of the North Carolina Partners of the Americas and partnerships in the three major cities of Bolivia­—Cochabamba, La Paz, and Santa Cruz. University of North Carolina faculty proposed conference content based on needs identified during Phase I of the project. The conferences were extremely well received with numerous participants staying an additional day for further discussion. The next goal of the partnership is to develop a long-range action plan to guide efforts related to ASD for the next five to seven years. Also in 2012, volunteer Steve Gibson traveled the Caine river valley region of Bolivia, one of the neediest parts of the country, to provide high efficiency wood stoves to 24 of the 43 rural schools there. Fabricated in prisons, the stoves are safer than open fires and offer an 80% reduction in fuel usage.

Iowa, United States- Yucatan, Mexico For many years, renowned mother-daughter Yucatecan chefs Minelia Romero and Paulina Espinosa have wanted to promote their native cuisine in Iowa. In 2012, the partnership collaborated with Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids as well as with Iowa State University in Ames to make their vision a reality. From October 2nd- 6th, the chefs participated in two 2 1/2 hour demonstrations followed by a 3-hour-long public dinner attended by ninety people in Cedar Rapids as well as another public dinner in Ames attended by 100 people. As a result of the partnership’s efforts, $8,000 was raised to fund future activities in both Iowa and Yucatan.

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New Initiatives PartnersCampus August of 2012 marked the one-year anniversary of the PartnersCampus initiative, which has surpassed expectations and is quickly becoming a major avenue of engagement for the Partners of the Americas network. The initiative is allowing Partners to reach a new generation of volunteers and inspiring today’s youth to share the mission to Connect, Serve, and Change Lives in the Americas. Meanwhile, our network is being revitalized with fresh new energy, talent and leadership. From the first Partners Campus (PC) at American University, the initiative has now grown to include 18 PCs in nine countries and five U.S. states. The country of Colombia deserves special mention, as it now plays host to no less than six PCs, the most in any country so far. Students in all of these countries have used the framework provided by the PartnersCampus model to explore their own innovative service and development projects, using their own specific abilities and interests as a guide in their mission to change lives. At the University of Wyoming, the PC has participated in the Chapter’s bio-jewelry project to raise money for a mammography unit for the Federal University of Goiás.  At American University, the PC raised awareness on campus of issues in Latin America and the Caribbean by hosting numerous acclaimed speakers and a Latin American film series. At

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Millersville University, in Pennsylvania, the PC hosted distinguished Brazilian orchestral/choral conductor Professor Angelo Rafael Fonseca, who attended ensemble rehearsals and classes and even shared a history of Brazilian music with the entire music department. What’s more, the first International PartnersCampus Forum was organized virtually between UPAEP in Puebla, Mexico and Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. The discussion focused on the topic of drug trafficking and included over 100 participants and observers. Many of the PartnersCampus leaders who helped shape such projects gathered for the 1st annual PartnersCampus Convention, held in Washington, D.C. from July 23-27 of 2012. For five days, 15 PartnersCampus leaders convened to share effective project models, learn techniques for volunteer leadership, and lay plans for future collaboration. This incredible event marked a catalyst moment for PartnersCampus and laid the groundwork for partnerships and projects that are still making an impact. These students are now being connected better than ever through the PartnersConnect initiative, allowing them to create online profiles, participate in discussion forums, post successful project stories, and lay plans for joint projects across the network.


of Professional Leadership Exchanges, Melissa Golladay, served as judges at the TIC Americas Competition, selecting the best youth entrepreneurship models from contestants throughout the region. Melissa Golladay also moderated a youth working group on environmental protection and infrastructure development in the Americas. The group discussed the role of youth in advocating for and implementing new policies to promote energy efficiency and sustainable development.

Youth Lead Partners believes that youth are powerful agents of change, active in the present as well as the future. To further strengthen our belief, the Youth Engagement and Program Development teams worked closely in 2012 to build Partners’ Youth Lead program, which will provide youth with a comprehensive intercultural experience founded on the four pillars: foster leadership development, promote a commitment to service, build mutual understanding, and promote long-term engagement. By partnering with chapters throughout our network and other organizations, Partners is able to custom tailor programs around various thematic areas (such as human rights and science and technology) and provide youth with the tools and resources they need to realize their potential as leaders.  Since 1967, Partners has engaged approximately 5,000 youth leaders from over 20 countries in various youth leadership and engagement programs which equip them to become active and responsible change agents in their communities. The great majority of these youth have come through our chapter- based partnerships.  Since 2002, Partners has recruited and trained about 900 youth leaders in just our flagship Youth Ambassadors Program, an intensive 3-week leadership, service, and cultural experience funded by the U.S. Department of State.

ECPA Fellows In Spotlight At Global Events At the Summit of the Americas, Partners engaged youth and civil society to prepare recommendations for heads of state around the theme of “Connecting the Americas: Partners for Prosperity.” ECPA Fellow Maria Paz and Partners of the Americas’ Director

At Rio+20, Partners promoted the ECPA Fellows Program as a way to build a more sustainable Western Hemisphere when it comes to climate and energy national plans. To do so, Partners and the U.S. Department of State co-hosted a panel called “The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas: Facilitating cooperation for sustainable development” on June 18, 2012. The panel included the participation of ECPA Fellows Maria Paz Gutierrez, Dan Kammen, Jeff Soule, and Mathias Vuille. In July 2012, Partners co-hosted an ECPA public event with the U.S. Department of State and Organization of American States. The goal was to raise awareness of the ECPA program among foreign diplomats in Washington D.C. and provided Fellows with an orientation to the ECPA initiative as a whole and the Fellows program specifically. Fellows and implementers participated in a “speed networking” session to further build collaboration and connections among diverse organizations.

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Ambassadors For Prosperity In late 2011, Partners launched a new partnership with the Colombian organization Heart for Change to create unique volunteer and internship programs in Colombia. Through the collaborative effort of Heart for Change Director Andrea Calderon and the staff of the Partners International Office, Ambassadors for Prosperity developed and launched in 2012 and is now helping people from all over the world to take part in the social transformation of Colombia.

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The program’s mission is to provide life-changing experiences to international volunteers and interns while supporting innovative social organizations and nurturing the values of service, community, and mutual understanding. Participants choose one of two locations in Colombia, Bogotá or Leticia (Amazonas), and spend 1 to 12 weeks volunteering or 3 to 6 months interning with their choice of our wellvetted charitable organizations while spending weekends, afternoons and other free days enjoying rich Colombian cultural attractions. The Ambassadors for Prosperity program has already shown the flexibility to accommodate custom requests from special groups. For example, a 17-day Soccer and Service program was created for the Nazareth College Athletic Department so that their soccer teams could scrimmage multiple Colombian soccer teams, experience the best Colombian cultural attractions, and lend their volunteer service to the sport-for-development organization, Colombianitos. Through Ambassadors for Prosperity in 2012, Partners brought together the deep desire of people across the hemisphere to give of themselves and the real need for energy and support that exists among the social organizations of Colombia. Look for this opportunity to continue growing and contributing to the Partners mission.

Molly Hassenfelt, a 2012 volunteer, summed her experience up this way: Volunteering in Bogota last summer was truly an eye opening experience. Working in social projects in my host organization “Colombianitos” gave me the opportunity to learn about community development, and the needs of growing neighborhoods in the south of Bogota. This organization provides an avenue for kids to envision a future, and I was glad I could be part of that process. I hope that others continue to discover the potential that Colombia has to offer and the skills and knowledge that others can bring in helping to contribute to this progress and change.

RED2021 And Global Youth Volunteers (GYV) RED2021, Partners’ follow-on initiative to the 2nd World Summit for Youth Volunteering, celebrated its one-year anniversary in November 2012. Throughout the year, members of RED2021 traveled as youth volunteer “Ambassadors” to 28 events throughout the world to promote youth volunteering and engage with volunteer leaders.  Working with the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE), Partners worked to re-brand the initiative to be more inclusive of global youth and design a platform that would allow youth to pursue their passion, build their skills, and multiply their impact. Needs assessments were conducted with youth and youth-serving organizations throughout the year. In addition, RED2021 was presented to volunteer organizations and the private sector at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Chicago in June and the IAVE International Conference in London in December. The new platform, Global Youth Volunteers, will be launched in 2013.


Program Updates A Ganar Alliance A Ganar works in some of the toughest neighborhoods of the most dangerous cities in the world. In those communities, youth are given negative labels and deemed not worthy of investment. Business owners are reluctant to hire them because of where they come from. A Ganar program leaders expose youth to training and opportunities. They demonstrate to business owners that great young people can come from tough circumstances. These changes are significant. Every A Ganar success story means success for an individual, a family, and a community. In 2012, A Ganar continued to reach new heights. Formal training began in three new countries: Suriname, Dominica, and Honduras. An agreement was reached with USAID to expand to Guatemala in 2013. With Guatemala, the total number of A Ganar countries is now 14. By the end of 2012, over 10,500 youth had participated in A Ganar since 2005. USAID commissioned an impact evaluation of A Ganar in both Honduras and Guatemala.

The Pepsico Mexico Foundation, a lead A Ganar sponsor in Mexico, won the Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Practice award during the International Seminary of Best Practices in CSR 2012. A Ganar was a winner in the International Labour Organization’s What’s Working Awards. And, A Ganar was “shortlisted” at the 2012 Beyond Sport Awards and was featured at their 2012 conference in London. Perhaps Ana Rodriguez, an 18- year-old participant from Barranquilla, Colombia, sums up the program best: “Thanks to the training I received in accounting, along with an internship at Hotel Lusitania and the support of the coordinator, Luz Ángela Olaya, I now have a job and I can pay for my studies and some expenses at home.”

Significant advances and changes took place within existing programs. In Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, program leaders developed an innovative community service program called “tequio,” named after a Nahuatl word meaning “gift.” In Uruguay, A Ganar leaders built new alliances with the Uruguayan government using A Ganar lessons to open even more job opportunities for youth. In Brazil, program leaders built a new alliance with FIFA’s Football for Hope program to train more youth in Rio de Janeiro.

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International Business Fellows Matching Program In November of 2012, Partners launched the International Business Fellows Matching program. This program is a public-private partnership supported by the U.S. Department of State through the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the governments of Chile and Costa Rica and the private sector in all three countries. In its pilot phase, the Matching program connected small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and facilitated the exchange of best practices, lessons learned and business expertise through six-week fellowships in the U.S. Fifteen fellows each from Costa Rica and Chile, selected for their leadership in their own industries, represented a wide range of sectors including technology, sustainable development, computer programming, and exports of specialty foods. The Fellows were placed with U.S. businesses, business organizations and associations to carry out their fellowships and focus on a particular aspect of the business culture in the U.S.

Education And Culture

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Sponsored by: U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs The Education and Culture Program supports people-to-people exchanges and community-led projects that promote learning, cultural understanding, and building bridges among volunteers, institutions, and communities through enduring partnerships. Partners provides travel exchange grants for qualified volunteer professionals and small project grants to support local, communitybased projects within the Partners network and its local allies. The program also sponsors Peer Learning Events to share successful projects and exchanges, enabling the broader network to benefit from lessons learned. In 2012, Partners awarded 58 travel grants and 20 small project grants to work on projects ranging from livelihood training for youth with disabilities to camps for disadvantaged youth to mural projects in multiple cities.  Two Peer Learning Events were held in 2012. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil approximately 30 representatives of Partners’ Chapters and collaborating universities came together to discuss university linkages and volunteer engagement. Chapters also came together in Washington DC to discuss best practices for engaging youth in Partners’ network and building successful youth programs.

The launch of the program was held in mid-November 2012 at the Chilean Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. Featured speakers highlighted the innovative partnership between the three countries as a model for future engagement in the region and emphasized the program as an important step for sustainable regional economic development and stability.


Legislative Fellows Sponsored by: U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Partners of the Americas’ Legislative Fellows Program is a professional leadership exchange for experts in legislative processes, accountability, transparency, citizen advocacy and participation.  Throughout 2012, 42 Fellows from Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay and the United States representing 41 organizations across five sectors— private, academic, media, government and non-profit—participated in fellowships that harnessed the power of citizen diplomacy.  Partners’ program fostered integration, mutual understanding, and long-term engagement around the issues of good governance and democracy in fellowship classes.  The three classes averaged 14 Fellows who traveled to the U.S. or participating Latin American and Caribbean countries for three to five week fellowships in host organizations. The Latin American and Caribbean fellowship classes traveled to Washington, D.C. for a fellowship debrief and to participate in a Professional Fellows Congress.  Legislative Fellows were able to meet with other U.S. Department of State-sponsored Fellows from around the world to discuss and exchange ideas regarding the issues of good governance and democracy that affect their communities.  Participants and host organizations in the program built sustainable relationships with professionals and organizations in diverse communities.  Post-fellowships, Legislative Fellows participated in Integrated Community Projects. Those projects included training to grassroots organizations in Haiti on project management and civic participation, as well as an online local government public budget transparency portal in Mexico.

John Ogonowski And Doug Bereuter Farmer To Farmer Program Funded by: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) The Farmer to Farmer Program takes a people-to-people approach to sustainable agricultural development. The program links U.S. technical experts with small- and medium-scale producers, farm organizations, cooperatives, and related agricultural enterprises to increase productivity, profitability, and access to markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. Farmer to Farmer improves economic opportunities by focusing on select agricultural value chains and providing technical assistance to farmers, cooperatives, agribusinesses, extension services, government agencies, and other institutions at all levels of these chains.  Through the program, U.S. agriculturalists have the opportunity to share their technical knowledge and benefit from meaningful cultural exchange. In 2012, Farmer to Farmer sent 177 volunteers on assignments to 13 countries, directly benefiting over 15,000 people. The program promotes sustained and broad-based economic growth in targeted agricultural sectors while also focusing on critical environmental and natural resource management issues.

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Senior ECPA Fellows Program

(part of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas) The ECPA Fellows Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, sends U.S. experts on climate change and energy to Latin America and the Caribbean to share information and knowledge and build collaboration between countries. Fellows represent diverse organizations from the private sector and academia and possess expertise in climate change adaptation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable land use, and sustainable urban design. During 2012, ECPA Fellows visited 14 countries (Honduras, Costa Rica, Colombia, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru, Brazil, Nicaragua, Chile, Belize, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Trinidad and Tobago) and engaged over 146 organizations within the region. Furthermore, ECPA fellows attended important environmental global events. In April 2012, Partners and ECPA Fellows attended the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia. In July 2012, Partners co-hosted an ECPA public event with the Department of the State and the Organization of American States in Washington D.C.

Youth Ambassadors

 

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Youth Ambassadors (YA) is a cultural exchange program for underserved high school age youth in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the U.S. Participating youth and adult mentors travel to their counterpart country for a holistic experience that develops their leadership skills, promotes volunteerism as a way of life, fosters mutual understanding and cooperation across the Americas, and engages youth in long-term initiatives that support their personal growth and development. They accomplish these objectives through meaningful interactions with host families, peers, volunteers, community leaders, civil society organizations, and public officials. The cornerstone of this program is the Leadership in Action community service project in which youth work together with their communities and the Partners network to implement small projects that reflect the spirit of exchange and service. Since 2007, over 30 projects have been begun or fully implemented by Partners youth throughout the Western Hemisphere! In 2012, Partners engaged 110 participants from Belize, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, the U.S. and Venezuela. In addition to this high programmatic activity, Partners continued to guide and support returned youth ambassadors in the development of the International Youth Ambassadors Network (IYAN) which was born out of the first YA Summit convened by Partners in December 2010 in Panama. The IYAN recently launched a website they designed to serve as an online platform for ALL youth ambassadors to connect and showcase resources, opportunities, projects, and ideas. Partners also continued to recognize exceptional Youth Ambassadors alumni in 2012 with the successful nomination of 2008 Colombian Youth Ambassador Nathaly Rivera for the US Department of State’s International Exchange Alumni Member of the Month.


Contributors Organizations and Foundations that we collaborated with in 2012

Lifetime Individual Giving Sustaining Ambassadors

Individual Gifts in 2011

$20,000 and above Alan Berkeley Bernard & Carolyn Hamilton Elizabeth Hill Stephen Murphy Jerry Perpich Friends of Pixote Literacy Fund

Ambassadors - $1,000 and above Lynn & Alan Berkeley Geno Bonaventura David & Roberta Degeyter Paula Laschober E.W. Karle Matthew Lee Mr. & Mrs. James Shea

$10,000 - $19,000 Anonymous Luis Brito Malcolm Butler Lois Fish Frederick Heldring Virginia Hubbell Mary Laschober Paula Laschober Raymond Laschober William Reese William Stedman Deborah Szekely Maurine Venters $5,000 - $9,999 C. Dean Allen Art Dohrman Lacey Gude Jan Hertzberg Hector de Lara Steven Laschober Matthew Lee Edmea McCarty Robert Raiche Alicia Reid Manuel Rodriguez-Fiol Harry Ruffalo Diani Santucci Charles & Dorothy Wampler Patricia Williams Wilbur Zielke

Patrons - $500 - $999 Christopher Bennett Robin & Tommy Bergeron Norman Bezona Philip Easterling Karen Graham Guillermo Lockhart Yraima Mendez David & Lori Nobles Susan Sandy Craig Seymour Maurice Sterns Francis Wardle Benefactors - $250 - $499 Christopher Crawford Arthur Dohrman Matt Gross James McNitt Damian Parker Sponsors - $100 - $249 Marianna Beach Erik Brand Wally Clausen David Coffey Elizabeth Dasilva Denise M. Decker Karen Doyle Henry Graden Mary Hilton Gerald Nolte Thomas Rathburn Irving Tragen Howard Turner Leslie Whipkey

Includes government, universities, and the private sector Adult and Continuing Education, St. Vincent and the Grenadines AGA S.A. AIESEC Alcorn State University Alianza ONG Alta Consejería para la Prosperidad Social, Colombia America SCORES American Airlines American Planning Association American University Asociación Libre Expresión Asociación Nacional de Ex-becarios para el Desarollo de Honduras (ANEDH) Asociación Panameña de Ejecutivos de Impresas (APEDE) Asocoflores Asomujer Autoridades Indígenas de Colombia Barbados Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation Barbados Ministry of Labor Barreau de Port-au-Prince Basic Education Coalition Bayou Pipe Coating Belmont Abbey College Beyond Sport Bogotá Municipal Government Brandeis University Brookings Institution C.I Spataro Napoli CAC Camara de Diputados Camara de Diputados, Dominican Republic Camden-Hills Regional High School (Maine) Canta Brasil Cardinal Newman High School Caribbean Healthy Lifestyles Program CASMAC Casper/Maria Marshall Center CEACA–Vila Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Center Where Adolescents Learn to Love and Serve (CALLS) Centre de Technologie Moderne d’Haiti

Centro Asesor para el Desarrollo de los Recursos Humanos (CADERH) Centro Colombo-Americano, Medellín Centro de Capacitación Integral y Desarollo Integral de la Familia A.C. Centro de Colaboración Cívica Centro Educacional da Criança e do Adolescente Lidia dos Santos (CEACA) Centro Familiar Ayuda A.C. Centro Nacional de Educación para el Trabajo (CENET) Chicano Latino Affairs Council (CLAC) Children International Children International, Colombia Children International, Dominican Republic City of Fayetteville City of Indianapolis City of Orlando Athletic Programs Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative Club Malvín Club Nacional de Fútbol Coca Cola Colectivo RevArt Colegio Alfonso Palacio Rudas Colegio Madre Teresa Colegio Raíces del Futuro Colombia Britanico School Colombian National Police Commission National de Lutte contre la Drogue Community Achievers Project Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) Corpoeducation Corporación Volver a la Gente Corposur Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Critical Exposure Cruzada Estudiantil Cutuglagua League, Pichincha Council DC SCORES Dept. of Plant and Soil Sciences, Univ. of Delaware Devils Gulch Ranch Doha GOALS Dominica Youth Business Trust (DYBT)

Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring (DREAM) Project Duke University Eau Claire University of Wisconsin Ecos do Futuro Ecuadorian Bi-National Center (Centro Ecuatoriano Norteamericano) Ed Broussard Marine Service, LLC EDUCA Educaçao e Cultura (IBDEEC) El País Elizabethtown College Entrena Entrenate Karate Club Escola de Gente Comunicação em Inclusão Escuela Superior de Administración Pública ESAP Escuela Superior Politécnica Ecológica Amazonia (ESPEA) Estudios Posadas Federación Uruguaya Cooperativa de Vivienda por Ayuda Mutua Florida A&M University Florida Assoc. for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas, Inc. (FAVACA) Florida Department of Agriculture Forestland Group, LLC Foundation Espoir Foundation L’Athletique d’Haïti (FLADH) Friends of Haiti Fucvam Fundación A Ganar Fundación Amigos de los Niños en Barranquilla Fundación Carlos Slim Fundación CITI Fundación Colombianitos Fundación Colombianos Apoyando Colombianos Fundación Comunitaria de la Frontera Norte Fundación Construir Fundación de las Américas para el Desarrollo (FUDELA) Fundación Fanalca Fundación Kuña Aty Fundación MAC Fundación Nacional para el Desarollo de Honduras (FUNADEH) Fundación Niños con Alas

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Fundar Centro de Analisis e Información A.C Fundemos Fútbol con Corazón Ganamos Todos Gente a Favor de Gente A.C. Girard College Girls on the Run Global Corporate Volunteer Council Healing Spirits Herb Farm Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER) Honorable Camara de Senadores Hospital Infantil Los Angeles Human Rights Presidential Program of Colombia ICA ICANA IIDAC Inder Envigado Inder Medellin Indiana Department of Education Indiana State Senate Indiana University Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Institute for Global Ethics. Institute of Sports Education Instituto Brasileiro para o Desenvolvimento do Esporte Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar Instituto Companheiros das Americas Instituto Dominicano de Desarrollo Integral Instituto El Abrojo Instituto Elo Amigo Instituto Gesta Instituto Kolpin Instituto Politecnico Centroamericano (IPC) Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica Inter-American Development Bank Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) Itaú J. Broussard, Inc. Transport Services Jamaica Cricket Association Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Johnson City Mayor’s Office, Tennessee Juntos por la Educación Justin Hackworth Photography Kansas State University

Kintyre Hope Flats Benevolent Society KS Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence Laramie High School, Wyoming Latin American Youth Center Latino Economic Development Center League of Dreams Legislative Assembly of State Pernambuco Liberty Lodge Boys Training Centre Liberty Seguros, Colombia LIDECOR Louisiana State University love.fútbol Foundation Manuela Canizares Pedagogical Institute Marion House Michael Walton Foundation Microsoft Millersville University Minnesota Council for Nonprofits Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) MN 2020 Mountain Honey Movimiento Autónomo de Mujeres Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank (MIF) Municipality of Carepa Myrna Mack Foundation Napo Sports Federation, Chaco Municipality National Assembly of Nicaragua National Confederation of Industry Brazil National Congress of Colombia National Youth Leadership Council NAVIGATE NC Cooperative Extension, Pasquotank County Center New Jersey Department of Agriculture Newton City Government Nike Foundation Niños Traviesos North Carolina Department of Agriculture, Plant Industry Division Northwest Kansas Technical College Nueva Alianza Office of the Attorney General of Indiana Office of the Indiana State Governor Office of the President, Colombia Office of the Revisor of Statutes, Minnesota Legislature Oracabessa Foundation Organizaciones Solidarias

Organization of American States (OAS) Ormond Beach Community Center Para Crecer Partners for Democratic Change Paul Smiths College, School of Forestry and Natural Resources Peace Corps Honduras Peace Corps Jamaica Peace Corps Suriname Peace Players International Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture PepsiCo Mexico Foundation Pichincha Provincial Council Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra ProChile PROCOMER Procuraduría General de la Nación Purdue University Rails to Trails Ramsey County Public Defender’s Office Rede de Esportes pela Mudança Social, Brasil Retail-Feed & Farm Supply Ricardo Ortiz Teran School Rose Hall Working Group/National Women’s Council Rutgers University SACUDE Salud y Desarrollo Comunitario A.C. Samanenses Ausentes Santa Catalina de Siena A.C. Save the Children, Colombia Save the Children, Dominican Republic Science Hill High School, Tennessee Sembradores de Paz y Esperanza A.C. Semillas para la Democracia Serve DC Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA) Special Olympics Florida Sports Initiation Center St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Education - National Skills Training Program St. Kitts Wesleyan District Holiness Men (WDHM) St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ministry of Education - Adult and Continuing Education St. Vincent and the Grenadines Youth Department State Government of Espirito Santo

State Government of Minas Gerais State Street Bank Step by Step Stetson University Stg. Letitia Vriesde Sportpromotie Suriname Sunlight Foundation Sunnyside Gardens Sur Futuro Suriname Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs Techno Comunitario A.C. Telesoluções Tenda di Cristo The Nature Conservancy Trinidad and Tobago Alliance for Sport and Physical Education TV Gazeta of the Rede Globo Network U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) U.S. Department of Commerce U.S. Department of State U.S. Embassy to Barbados U.S. Embassy to Belize U.S. Embassy to Bolivia U.S. Embassy to Brazil U.S. Embassy to Chile U.S. Embassy to Colombia U.S. Embassy to Costa Rica U.S. Embassy to Dominican Republic U.S. Embassy to Ecuador U.S. Embassy to Guatemala U.S. Embassy to Guyana U.S. Embassy to Haiti U.S. Embassy to Jamaica U.S. Embassy to Mexico U.S. Embassy to Nicaragua U.S. Embassy to Paraguay U.S. Embassy to Peru U.S. Embassy to Suriname U.S. Embassy to Trinidad & Tobago U.S. Embassy to Uruguay U.S. Embassy to Venezuela U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander Unicatolica UniTec United Cerebral Palsy Program of Florida United Nations International Labour Organisation (ILO) United Nations Volunteers Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez Universidad Católica Boliviana “San Pablo” Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia Universidad de Envigado Universidad de los Andes Universidad de Nariño

Universidad de Panamá Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala Universidad del Norte (UNINORTE) Universidad EAFIT Universidad Especialidades Turísticas Universidad La Salle Saltillo Universidad Politécnica de Nicaragua Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla Universidad San Andrés Universidad San Martin Universidad Técnica de Oruro Universidad Técnica Equinoccial Universidad Técnica Estatal de Quevedo Universidad Tecnológica de Antioquia Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff University of Arkansas Fayetteville University of Belize University of California, Berkeley University of Delaware University of Kentucky University of Richmond University of South Carolina University of Technology, Jamaica University of Utah University of Washington, Seattle University of West Indies (UWI) University of Wisconsin University of Wisconsin - Extension University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point University of Wyoming – Laramie Uruguay Ministry of Tourism and Sport Venezuelan Bi-National Center Violence Prevention Alliance and Whole Life Ministries, Jamaica Virginia Tech University - Blacksburg Virreyes Rugby Club West Virginia Center for Civic Life West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Women’s Business Group YMCA d’Haiti YMCA of the Midlands Youth Affairs Department of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Youth Opportunities Unlimited Youth Service America (YSA)


Boards Partners of the Americas, Inc Chairman Mr. Tasso de Castro Lugon Retired Judge Espirito Santo, Brazil Vice Chair Dr. Maurice A. Sterns Founder and Executive Director of QSD International Chevy Chase, Maryland Treasurer Dr. Paula J. Laschober Electric Utility, Economist/ Financial Manager & University Business Professor Seattle, Washington Secretary Ms. Nahir Lois Retiree of the U.S. State Dept. at the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay Montevideo, Uruguay Members Dr. Christopher Bennett Senior Dental Surgeon Belize City, Belize Mr. Eugenio (Geno) Bonaventura Supply Chain Mechanical Engineering, Manager, Motorola, Inc. Chicago, IL

Mrs. Betty Gálvez de Reyes Executive Director, Committee for the Integration & Reconstruction of El Salvador Santa Tecla, El Salvador Mr. Tibério Paula Pedrosa Monteiro University Professor and Lawyer Pernambuco, Brazil Ms. Alison McKellar Consultant, Director of Nonprofit, Global Opportunity Garden Camden, Maine Dr. Francis Wardle Write and Professor, Red Rocks Community College and University of Phoenix Denver, Colorado Ms. Karen Graham Retired School Administrator North Plains, OR Econ. Yraima Méndez de Delgado Economist Caracas, Venezuela Mr. Matthew Lee (ex-oficio) Account Manager, Xerox Corporation Marietta, Georgia

Mr. Antonio Marcus Carvalho Machado University Professor Espirito Santo, Brazil

Mr. Stephen G. Vetter President and CEO, Partners of the Americas Washington, D.C.

Lic. José Mario Corona D. Business Owner and Administrator Jalisco, Mexico

Legal Counsel Alan J. Berkeley, Esq. Kirkpatrick and Lockhart Washington, D.C.

Partners of the Americas Foundation, Class A Directors

Partners of the Americas International Advisory Board

Chairman Mr. Matthew Lee, Jr. Account Manager, Xerox Corporation Marietta, Georgia

Thomas C. Ramey Trustee of The Brookings Institution; Former Chair of Liberty International and Liberty Mutual Group; Director of AXIS Capital Holdings; Former VP for the Inter-American Foundation

Secretary Mr. Erik Brand General Manager, Publisher of Latin America, Advisor for Inter-American Dialogue Lakeville, Minnesota

Barry Gaberman Former Executive Vice President of the Ford Foundation; Chairman of the Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support; Trustee of Board Source Jack Shakely Chairman of the Center for Philanthropic and Public Policy at the University of Southern California; Former President of the California Community Foundation, Author on Development Issues for the New York Times, Washington Post, et al.; Novelist

Mr. Jerome Karwowski Financial Advisor Indianapolis, Indiana Mr. Stephen Murphy Senior Advisor, Pacific Northwest Advisors Seattle, Washington President, Partners of the Americas Mr. Stephen G. Vetter (ex officio) Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Horacio Correa, Jr.

Partners of the Americas Foundation, Class B Directors Mr. Tasso de Castro Lugon Dr. Paula J. Laschober Dr. Maurice A. Sterns Board Liaison Sherrita Wilkins (ex officio)

Deborah Szekely Former President of the Inter-American Foundation; Chairman of the Szekely Foundation; Member of the Board of Council on Foundations; Internationally Known and Respected Business Leader John Dickson Former Director for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, US Department of State Bob Sicina A former President of American Express Bank Ltd, CFO of Citibank’s Latin America Division as well as Citibank’s entire International Consumer Group and later their credit card business. With 30 years of experience in international business, Sicina now presides as the Executive Director of the Strategic Regions Enterprise Network. Stephan Hittman After 35 years of FDNY and public service, Dr. Hittmann became President of the 911 FUND, now devoting his efforts to providing training, apparatus and related equipment to first responders domestically and world-wide.

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