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!).
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.
PartnersCampus Goiânia is the first of our Brazilian student chapters and during its creation, the students thought a lot about what their chapter should focus on. They agreed that their desire was not to change the world, but rather to empower individuals to help themselves. Since then, the chapter has been working with cis and transgender women, refugees, immigrants, and ESL students.
"One perk of being a Partners chapter member is the opportunity to apply for Travel Grants. Distributed through Partners’ Education and Culture program, Travel Grants fund visits to other Partners chapters throughout the Western Hemisphere to collaborate on areas of mutual interest, including education, art, and student exchanges."
“The topic of child labor is a multi-dimensional one that requires a comprehensive approach for its prevention and elimination,” Peña began at a panel discussing best practices in combating child labor at Partners' recent convention.
On June 23, 1972, Title IX was enacted, revolutionizing the world of female athletes. Title IX is an education amendment that ensures that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program.”
Community leaders, residents, government officials and special guests gathered in Morro dos Macacos, Rio de Janeiro, on Saturday to participate in the opening of a new multifunctional sport court dedicated to the local community and its residents. The global project was led by ESPN and community organizations love.fútbol, A Ganar, and INATOS.
Last summer, Colorado-Minas Gerais Partners launched “Improve Your English,” a teacher exchange program for English teaches in Colorado and Brazil. Improve Your English initially brought four Brazilian middle school English teachers to Greeley, CO, where they lived with homestays and took classes at a local community college. This past summer, it was Colorado's turn to send one American English teacher to Diamantina, Brazil. The chapter had just the candidate.
Jamie Rocha, Director of Sport Strategy at GlideSlope, served as a mentor during a Partners of the Americas Sport for Community (S4C) program to several Brazilian emerging leaders in the sport for development field. In September 2015 she traveled to Rio de Janeiro through Partners' S4C program to work one on one with emerging leader Gabi Pinheiro and her organization, Luta Pela Paz (Fight for Peace). What follows are some of her reflections from the trip.
The word “miraculous” gets thrown around rather casually in sports, whether it’s for a difficult catch in an NFL end zone, or a dramatic three-point buzzer beater that wins an NBA playoff game. But sometimes real miracles are accomplished through sports, with little fanfare, in out-of-the-way places, and with outsized benefits that should get just as much attention but dont.