Joandriz Gonzalez, 17, traveled from her hometown of Caracas, Venezuela to the United States last fall. She was a participant in Partners’ State Department and U.S. Embassy-sponsored Youth Ambassadors (YA) program, which gives high schoolers the opportunity to travel internationally, build and improve leadership skills and develop a commitment to service.
"Our experiences were challenging, but they made us stronger. I learned the history of the United States, Tennessee and Johnson City; I learned about America and its people – how they really are, not the stereotypes that surround them."
El primer Retiro de Liderazgo Juvenil organizado por Partners of the Americas se llevó a cabo durante el 30 de octubre – 1 de noviembre. Juntos con el apoyo de nuestros capítulos en Jalisco, Wyoming, Texas, Washington, DC entro otros al igual que el apoyo del Instituto Jalisciense de la Juventud tuvimos la oportunidad de convocar a más de 70 jóvenes y ponentes de 9 países para una experiencia transformadora enfocada en la formación de liderazgo y emprendimiento social a través de talleres, experiencias culturales únicas, actividades de formación de equipo, networking y más.
In October 2015, 17-year-old, Patricia Salazar traveled with 19 other youth from Venezuela and Colombia to the United States for one month as a participant in the State Department-funded Youth Ambassadors program. “It was a dream come true…the chance to know, enjoy and learn about cultures different from mine,” Salazar said.
Partners is proud announce the 2016 Youth Ambassadors from Colombia and Venezuela! The group consists of 20 youth and three adult mentors who will travel to Washington, D.C. for one week, and subsequently spend two weeks in either Arkansas or Tennessee. The youth were selected in an open competition for students ages 15-18 who have outstanding school records, display leadership qualities and have demonstrated interest in improving their local community.
Lindsay Cox, a rising senior at Binghamton University in Upstate New York, and Jorge Londoño Mejia, a recent graduate of Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, Colombia, are the 2016 winners of the President's Internship Program's (PIP) Community Based Project Proposal Competition, offered through Partners of the Americas.
There’s something almost magical about landing in a foreign country. Moments before, you were standing on familiar land, surrounded by a familiar tongue, and dealing with familiar customs. But now, you stand in a forest of unknown—a beautiful forest, but it’s a forest that instills in a certain wonder, nervousness, and excitement you have yet to fully understand how to navigate.