The Tennessee and Venezuela Partners of the Americas Chapters are documenting four decades of partnership together and continue their efforts despite the barriers of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tennessee Chapter incorporated in Nashville in 1967, and the Venezuela Chapter was established in Caracas several years later (1974). They have worked together for the mutual benefit of Venezuela and Tennessee for 46 years.
The Arkansas-Eastern Bolivia Chapter, which started in 1965, has led numerous exchanges primarily in the areas of health, agriculture, culture, and education. Their Youth Ambassadors (YA) Program is one of the Chapter’s most successful initiatives and therefore a best practice.
In commemoration of International Youth Day, Partners of the Americas is proud to support the United Nations in celebrating the power of youth as agents of change. This year’s theme is “Transforming Education,” centering on making education more inclusive and accessible for all youth.
Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams. Yet one in 19 children is engaged in child labor in the Americas, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This year, Partners of the Americas commemorates World Day Against Child Labor by striving for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7, which calls for an end to all child labor by 2025.
I wish you all a wonderful 2019. This past year we were able to accomplish so much through your support.
Partners of the Americas is driven by our members and we always need to ensure that we recognize and celebrate those spectacular volunteers, donors and other supporters who have contributed to Partners’ success each year. We presented awards to esteemed individuals during the What Works 2018 Conference Gala Dinner at El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel on December 6.
In celebration of International Education Week #IEW2018, Partners of the Americas attended the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Open Doors 2018 Report briefing on November 13.
Uno de los aspectos más destacados de mi experiencia fue la oportunidad que tuve de conocer a la delegación de jóvenes embajadores (JE) de Colombia y Venezuela 2017. / One of the main highlights of my experience was the opportunity I had to meet the 2017 Colombian and Venezuelan delegation of Youth Ambassadors (YAs).
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.
The 2017 Colombian and Venezuelan Youth Ambassadors reflect on their time in Washington, D.C., Arkansas and Tennessee where they had the opportunity to engage with local government and civic organizations, build relationships with host families and other youth, visit schools and participate in skills-based workshops that enable and empower them to mobilize their communities towards positive change.