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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Build Mutual Understanding Promote Service Learning Foster Leadership Development Long-term Engagement Partners of the Americas is recognized as an innovator in developing youth leadership programs in the Western Hemisphere. Through our signature youth exchange programs, we have hosted and cultivated more than 800 youth leaders from over 20 countries in an intensive 3-week leadership, service and cultural experience.

In this program youth will... • Learn to understand and work with diverse sets of people, to empathize with the plights of others and to identify commonalities among diverse peoples • Acquire the tools necessary to assess and address community needs and work with and manage volunteers, building life-time commitments to service • Receive trainings and hands-on experiences in diverse environments and exercise leadership skills through actionoriented projects, mentorships and peer to peer learning

“This program has helped me change who I am with regard to leadership and volunteerism. I have expanded my limits and it has given me new goals to strive for.” -Youth Exchanges Participant, Peru “A young person who travels to represent their culture, demonstrates how they live and makes others understand the importance of understanding and sharing cultures, is a leader.” -Youth Exchange Participant, Venezuela

The Exchange Experience

The Core Program

Short term domestic or international exchanges include: cultural immersion through host families 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.

Partners Youth Lead Team can custom tailor a rich curriculum for young leaders or provide you with the Youth Lead Core Program which offers community service engagement, exposure to civic leaders and home stays with local families. The Core Program also includes the Leadership in Action Workshop, Youth Adult Partnerships, small grants for Community Projects and direct interaction with the Partners network. Matthew N. Clausen Vice President, Partnerships and Programs 202-637-6211 mclausen@partners.net

Abraham Cisne Program Officer, Youth Engagement 202-637-6208 acisne@partners.net

www.partners.net

1424 K Street NW, Suite 700, Washington DC 20005 Tel +1202.628.3300 Fax +1202.628.3306

Partners of the Americas is a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian organization with international offices in Washington D.C.

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