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Over this past year, Partners of the Americas has harnessed the power of partnerships to empower citizens to become agents of change. We have strengthened our legacy and bolstered our impact, reaching 100 chapters with many celebrating 50 years of service. Throughout all of this, Partners endures as an engine for connecting passion with human need.
Higher Education Partnership 2019
Join Partners' third annual Higher Education Partnership Conference from October 1-3, 2019 in Guanacaste, Costa Rica! Network with decision-makers representing higher education institutions from across the Americas and build strong, new partnerships for the internationalization of your campus community.
What Works 2019

Go global with Partners of the Americas at What Works 2019! Join us for our most important regional learning and networking event of the year in Goiânia, Brazil from November 18-20, 2019.  Capítulo Profissional de Goiás  and  PartnersCampus Goiânia  will host the conference.

Best Practices: Goiás Chapter 
The Capítulo Profissional de Goiás shares its successes and best practices, which are inspired by U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 4: ensuring quality education for all. These successes include (1) Goiás Without Borders; (2) exchange programs with the Wyoming Chapter; and (3) Alumni Day. The existence of both the professional and PartnersCampus chapters in Goiás allows PartnersCampus Goiânia members to continue their engagement with Partners, changing lives across the Americas long after graduation. 
Child Protection Unit

This month, the Child Protection Unit commemorated the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30. Read about how our newest project, "Ñande Ko’ê" ("Our Sunrise" in Guaraní) fights against human trafficking in Paraguay, with an emphasis on combatting sex and labor trafficking.

Education and Global Citizenship Unit
The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund announced new grant-winning institutions this month. The grant-winning teams in the first Mary Street Jenkins-sponsored Innovation Fund competition will support eight new partnerships between 16 universities and colleges in the United States with higher education institutions in Mexico. These partnerships will provide access to groundbreaking exchange and training programs for students in the fields of Social Sciences, Humanities, Archaeology, Anthropology, Technology, and Education.
Economic Development and Health Unit
In July, the Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) AVOP project awarded its first grant. The High Atlas Foundation will soon begin the implementation of a four-year project in Morocco, during which it will focus on improvements to the organic fruit, nut, and oil sectors, with a particular emphasis on assisting women's cooperatives. In June and July, Partners' F2F program fielded 20 volunteers throughout the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana, and its first in Jamaica and Dominica.
Partners Welcomes New Affiliate Chapter in Perú

In July, Partners welcomed a new affiliate chapter, the youth organization, "Red Internacional de Estudiantes por la Paz" in Perú. The Chapter will be a valuable addition to our organization as they continue to promote a culture of peace between the U.S. and Perú. The publication, Diario La Industria - Chiclayo , published an article about this partnership with a quote from Partners' Membership Officer, Susie Meyer.
Helping Youth in the Dominican Republic
Melanie Forstrom discusses her experience of changing lives as a  Farmer-to-Farmer  (F2F) volunteer with her most recent assignment in the Dominican Republic. As the first volunteer of the 2018-2023 cycle, she had the exciting opportunity to contribute to and shape the youth involvement strategy for the following five years in the Dominican Republic.

World Youth Skills Day

Partners of the Americas commemorated World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) on July 15 by recognizing the power of skills training to combat youth unemployment. This year, WYSD centers on ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all under Sustainable Development Goal 4 . At Partners, we work toward this goal by teaching youth marketable skills and emphasizing the importance of education to transform lives around the world.
Paraguayan Ambassador Praises Cultural and Educational Value of the Kansas-Paraguay Partnership
In June, the Paraguayan Ambassador to the U.S. Manuel Caceres met with Steve Richards, President of the Kansas-Paraguay Partners (KPP), to discuss how 50 years of exchanges between Paraguay and Kansas have supported a lasting sense of mutual understanding. Thanks to groups like KPP, almost 3,000 Paraguayan students have studied abroad, fostering diplomacy and strengthening ties between the two places. During the visit, Ambassador Caceres said, “It’s the best way of diplomacy. You meet people. You know the country. You know the culture.” 
Regis College Students Fight Against Hunger Thanks to 100,000 Strong in the Americas
Larissa Ribas, a rising senior at Regis College, learned the importance of serving people all over the world thanks to a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant. Ribas participated in a three-week program to develop global health initiatives in the U.S. and Argentina focused on sustainable community health and nutrition. The program fostered partnerships between Regis College, Johnson and Wales University in Providence, and Universidad de Congreso in Argentina. The universities received funding through the Metlife Foundation Innovation Fund Competition.
Mentor, Leader, and Wisconsin-Nicaragua Partners Member Dr. W. Bradford Martin, Passes Away

Dr. W. Bradford Martin, Wisconsin-Nicaragua Partners Member, passed away surrounded by family and friends in June. Brad planned countless trips to Nicaragua, hosted six Nicaraguan foster children, and orchestrated the delivery of 50 emergency vehicles. At Partners' 40th Anniversary Celebration, Brad received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding service.
Open Job Opportunities
Partners of the Americas is hiring! We are currently seeking an Education & Exchanges Program Officer, On-site Seminar Logistics Coordinator, Procurement Officer, Federalism Expert, Chief of Party of the USDA Food for Progress Project, and Accountant I (AP/AR) to join our growing team. Positions will remain open until filled.

Open Internship Opportunities
Partners of the Americas is looking for interns! We are currently seeking a Global Citizenship Intern, Communications Intern, Youth Engagement Intern, Program Development Intern, 100,000 Strong in the Americas Intern, Finance and Administration Intern, a Membership Intern, and a Business Development Intern to join our team.
CDAF Call for Reviewers
Partners of the Americas and the U.S. Department of State are recruiting proposal reviewers for the Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund for U.S. Alumni. Experts in community development, grants, international education, and other related areas of expertise can apply to be a part of the review committee. If interested, sign up by August 12, 2019.