Maine Partners celebrated 50 years of partnership with its chapter in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil on July 19. Partners of the Americas President and CEO John McPhail, President of Rio Grande do Norte Chapter Marilia Sa, President of Maine Chapter Al Howlett, First President of Maine Partners Alan Rubin, and other distinguished guests came together in Yarmouth, Maine to discuss the future directions for Partners of the Americas.
Yesterday, in celebration of International Education Week #IEW2017, we attended the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Open Doors 2017 briefing at the National Press Club. This year’s Open Doors report shows both improvements and declines in study abroad to and from the United States. Overall, the U.S. saw a 3.4% increase in international students and a 4% increase in U.S. students studying abroad.
Film can be a powerful cultural ambassador, which is why Illinois Partners is helping bring Brazilian films to the Midwest.
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.
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.
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.