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Partners of the Americas, Inc.

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Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, International, International Exchange, Mutual & Membership Benefit, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Partners of the Americas connects people and organizations across borders to serve and to change lives through lasting partnerships. Inspired by President Kennedy and founded in 1964 under the Alliance for Progress, Partners is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with international offices in Washington, DC.

Results: The Partners Network is comprised of volunteers and development professionals who are committed to serving others. For 50 years, our partnerships have been built around the core structure of chapters in countries and states that form north/south partnerships. In addition, we form inter-institutional partnerships between northern and southern universities, development agencies and civic organizations. As an official trilingual organization (English, Spanish, Portuguese), we have built leaders that have gone on to contribute in a visionary way throughout the Western Hemisphere, and have created partnerships of unlikely bedfellows while maintaining deep and historic ties to the government.

Target demographics: connect people and organizations across borders to serve and to change lives through lasting partnerships

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 20,000 individuals and organizations share their skills and work toward greater international cooperation among the people of the Western Hemisphere

Geographic areas served: Latin America, the Caribbean, and the US

Programs: Agriculture and Food Security; Sport for Development; Youth and Children; Higher Education; Climate Change and Environmental Protection; Professional Leadership Exchanges; Civil Society and Governance; and Women and Gender Equality.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Patricia97

Client Served

Rating: 5

Their help and guidance have been most useful for my work. With their enthusiasm and professionalism Partners of the Americas has reminded me why it is that I work on this field and how important it is what we do ... we DO make a difference in people's lives!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Initiative 100,000 Strong in the Americas help our indigenous students and faculty to have the opportunity to collaborate in equal terms with their partners in US Universities, because of this excellent program, they have the opportunity to educate in the most prestigious institutions, participate in health programs, do research stays and collaborate in academic exchanges at undergraduate and graduate level. We understand each other better because we know each other better, and this is possible because of 100,000 Strong in the Americas.

Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo, México.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is Andy Carey, and I am Executive Director of the U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership. I have had the pleasure to work closely with my colleagues at Partners of the Americas for the past four years. The Board and staff team is dedicated, passionate, and determined to achieve their mission. Partners of the Americas works closely with local organizations across the Americas to engage youth and volunteers in discovering transformative ways to improve and stengthen local communities. Their efforts in Cd. Juarez alone engaged thousands of young people in new programs aimed to prevent violence and drug trafficking. I am honored to work with them, and proud to call them colleagues and friends. Their approach is local and collaborative. I strongly encouurage you to support their efforts. You won't be disappointed.

2 Kevin92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity of being part of one of Partners of the Americas' programs, It changed my life for good for ever, now I'm a better and committed person.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Partners of the Americas-PoA- me ha permitido construir lazos con voluntarios y organizaciones de voluntariado en más de 15 países de América, Europa y Africa por medio de su programa de Jóvenes Embajadores, así mismo me ha permitido crecer, aprender y multiplicar mi impacto como voluntario a través de la Red2021, plataforma de voluntariado de la cual hago parte (http://www.partners.net/partners/RED2021.asp#.U7YhLPl5PC8).
Thanks Partners of the Americas, You make it happen!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Partners of the Americas es realmente una organización que cumple día a día y con cada uno de sus proyectos la misión de conectar, servir y cambiar vidas. Fui parte del programa Youth Ambassadors en el año 2008, un programa maravilloso que cambio mi percepción del mundo. Esta organización ofrece valiosas oportunidades para cambiar vidas y generar impacto positivo en las comunidades.

Como voluntaria hago parte de RED2021 https://www.facebook.com/red2021

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I consider that is a great opportunity for Latin American Universities to increase it mobility with USA Universities. I consider that Obama`s initiative it a great start for increase bicultural interchange.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Conozco a Partners of the Americas hace unos 5 años, su misión y trabajo han sido realmente una fuente de inspiración para mi y las organizaciones en las que trabajo, para multiplicar las acciones voluntarias con la misma fuerza. Conectar, servir e impactar vidas es claramente un estilo de vida por el que vale la pena seguir luchando.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Me gusta la misión de Partners porque ayuda a potencializar el talento de cada voluntario. Me siento orgulloso de poder ser parte de la familia de Partners of The Americas.

Como voluntario apoyo a la Red2021 (https://www.facebook.com/red2021) en el área de comunicación y difusión de contenidos

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Partners of the Americas has been excellent to say the least. I have learned something new everyday about the nonprofit business as well as leadership skills that will prove to be forever useful. Working directly with staff members as well as President & CEO Steve Vetter made for an incredible experience both professionally and personally.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I connected with Partners first as an intern for the President's Office, next as a Communications Fellow, and then as a volunteer. This is where I first got my feet wet in DC and since then - and definitely as a result of my experiences with Partners - I've gone on to hold several meaningful and fulfilling positions. The relationships that I established with Partners' staff proved invaluable to me as I developed my professional network and learned marketable skills. Even more importantly, Partners is a place where I made some wonderful friends.

The staff at Partners are kind and passionate, interns' feedback is valued, and dedication and intellectual curiosity are rewarded with progressive responsibilities. I look forward to continuing my relationship with Partners, and would recommend an internship or volunteer position with the organization to any young professional with an interest in Latin America, social justice, or international development in DC.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern at Partners of the Americas from June 2012-April 2013. Throughout my time there, I was learned so much about the work Partners does (and has been doing for 50 years) to connect, serve, and truly change lives here in the U.S. and across the hemisphere. The staff are passionate about the work they do, dedicated to the mission of the organization, and were always willing to connect with me and help me figure out my own professional development goals, as well as support me in taking on projects I was interested in during my internship experience. The Communications team is AMAZING -- always working hard to get the word out about this great organization and bringing together volunteers, international program participants, and chapters through powerful stories and testimonials.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned at Partners of the Americas during spring 2013. It was a great experience, since we were several interns from different countries and we all got very involved in Partners' activities. The staff was kind, supportive, and highly commited to its work, and the office atmosphere was very nice. I was pleased to see how volunteers from all the hemisphere were happy to contribute and be part of the organization.

Partners' programs are diverse, and this helped me to understand better the cooperation in the Americas. As a President's Internship Program intern, I was able to gain valuable professional skills, meet very interesting people and improve my resume. The staff really try to involve interns in relevant activities, not repetitive or burdenning ones. I was able to organize a meeting between the interns and Partners's president, reclute new interns, support the communications team, but also to attend several conferences at some of the most important think tanks at DC.

My experience at Partners of the Americas was definitively excellent, and I'm happy to still keep in touch with the organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a communications intern at Partners of the Americas for 8 months. As the communications intern I was tasked with managing their blog, as well as doing research for their upcoming 50th Anniversary oral history project. Through both these mediums, I spent most of my 8 months reading and writing stories about the Partners network. From my personal experience, I can say with confidence that Partners holds true to their saying that they "connect, serve, and change lives." Time and time again I read the story about someone in Latin America being connected with someone from the Partners network and how this connection dramatically changed their lives for the better. To make it even better, this has been happening for 50 years. I read through the archives of Partners news attention over the summer for the oral history project, and this impact through the Partners network has been happening since the beginning of the organization.

I was also privileged enough to be able to visit one of their programs A Ganar in Honduras. When I was there and had the chance to talk to the kids the program was impacting I truly was able to understand the impact of Partners. A Ganar is a sports-for-development program that helps young adults escape from poverty and violence through a soccer program which develops into a job-training program. I was lucky enough to see almost all of the stages of the program while in Honduras. The participants were so incredibly thankful for A Ganar, this program was truly changing their lives.

I loved my experience interning at Partners. The entire staff is incredibly motivated and driven for their particular program. This non-profit covers so many fields it is hard to sum up exactly the impact that Partners makes in the world. Overall, it is a great, small non-profit that has been making a real impact in the Western Hemisphere for over 50 years.