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A Blog Merger! The Youth Ambassadors blog has merged with the Partners of the Americas blog (www.partners.net/blog). This transition will enable the Youth Blog to gain a wider audience and feature more impact stories, causes and projects, and guest bloggers. Our team would love to read more about your experience with the Youth Ambassadors program and what’s currently happening in your country. Please send your contributions to blog@partners.net!

New Opportunities! Are you a change- maker? Check this! Disney Friends for Change Grants offer young change-makers an opportunity to receive a grant to help make a lasting, positive change in the world. This program will award $1,000 grants to youth-led service projects that demonstrate youth leadership, creativity, and the commitment to making a positive impact on the environment. The deadline is April 22, 2012. Make sure you have all your materials assembled before that time. To get more information, visit Youth Service America’s website: http://www.ysa.org/grants/disney-friends-change-latin-america-grants


Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) State Alumni is launching the second annual Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) which is offering $1,000,000 this year to help teams of alumni tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues. In 2012, AEIF will award up to $25,000 per winning team. There are three easy steps to start the application: 1. Identify the themes for your country or region. Proposals must be submitted on only one theme. 2. Submit your proposal between February 27, 2012 and March 30, 2012. 3. Form a team by March 30, 2012 of 10 or more alumni (or current participants) of U.S. government-funded exchange programs. U.S. citizens are not eligible to submit proposals, but may join teams.

If you have any questions, join Dr. Lisa Heilbronn, the Director of the Office of Alumni Affairs, for a live web chat on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST* (14:00:00-15:00:00 GMT**). Click here to submit a question in advance or anytime during the web chat.

* EST – Eastern Standard Time (US/Eastern, New York City) ** GMT – Greenwich Mean Time (London) Time zone convertor: http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

To find more information, visit the State Alumni website: https://alumni.state.gov/aeif-intro

For more information about this announcement, please contact: Michelle Nicholson, Communications: mnicholson@partners.net Elizabeth Auciello, Youth Ambassadors Program: eauciello@partners.net


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