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Review for Partners of the Americas, Inc., Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

With a small paid central staff, Partners of the Americas relies on thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas to carry out community improvement projects and establish long-term friendships between northern and southern chapters. Because they know each other well, the members of these chapters can focus their efforts where they are most needed. Major Partners programs include farmers sharing earth-friendly productivity techniques, teaching job skills through sports to low-income youth, and reducing child labor by teaching alternative and higher value agricultural activities as well as implementing supportive educational programming for families that rely on that labor for their economic well-being. Chapter to chapter exchanges share professional knowledge and resources in health, emergency management, education, the arts, leadership, literacy, economic development and other areas of endeavor. In the COVID era in 2020, Partners has established multiple ways to stay in touch and meet virtually, which will expand opportunities for better and enduring relationships that will be valuable for decades into the future. Partners was started in 1964 as part of the Alliance for Progress, and continues to this day to focus on people-to-people interactions as the key to citizen diplomacy and the improvement of life in the Americas for all.

Role:  Board Member