SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER
Higher Education Partnership 2019
Only four more days until Partners of the Americas' 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 in Goiânia, Brazil from November 18-20, 2019! Join us for our most important regional learning and networking event of the year to discuss how we can work together to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.  Capítulo Profissional de Goiás and  
PartnersCampus Goiânia  will host the conference.
Office of the President & CEO Establishes Membership Unit
The Office of the President & CEO of Partners of the Americas is pleased to announce the establishment of the new Membership Unit, as part of the implementation process of the  Strategic Plan 2019-2023
Membership has always been at the core of Partners within other units. However, it will now have its own unit and dedicated staff to champion, advocate for, and grow the network throughout the Western Hemisphere through initiatives, programming, and resource-sharing.  
Education and Global Citizenship Unit
The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund announced 13 new grantees on September 10, 2019, supported by Colciencias and the U.S. Department of State. The competition focused on partnerships between the United States and Colombian higher education institutions with programs related to creative and cultural industries, including the arts, culture and heritage, digital new media, and software.


Child Protection Unit
In September, the CPU presented the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL)-funded project Palma Futuro in Quito, Ecuador. The project aims to reduce child labor and forced labor and promote acceptable work conditions in Ecuador and Colombia. The event was attended by Partners President & CEO, John McPhail, and CPU Vice-President, Carmen Peña; Ecuador’s Vice Minister of Labor, Horacio Guanopatin; DANEC's CEO Eduardo Berg; Ecuador’s Vice Minister of Childhood and Adolescence, Maria Soledad Vela; the U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Leslie A. Bassett; and the USDOL Grants Officer, Leyla Strotkamp.


Economic Development and Health Unit
By the end of September, Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) will have fielded three volunteers in Guyana, four in Guatemala, two in the Dominican Republic, and three in Jamaica. One volunteer, in particular, spent 26 days in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, focusing on watershed and natural resource management in addition to developing a dry-land farming strategy. Additionally, Partners’ AVOP team continued to support its sub-awardees, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) and the Grameen Foundation (Grameen) in starting up their F2F projects in Morocco and the Philippines, respectively.
Providing Fortified Food for Eight Million Haitians
Since its creation in July 2017, the USAID-funded Ranfose Abitid Nitrisyon pou Fè Ogmante Sante Program (RANFOSE), implemented by Partners of the Americas, has sought to fight malnutrition in Haiti through food fortification. In cooperation with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, (GAIN), the program advocates for policy changes that have led to approximately 7-8.5 million Haitians being provided with access to fortified foods.

Partners Welcomes Buenos Aires Provincial Youth Leaders
Partners welcomed nine Buenos Aires Provincial Youth Leaders and one mentor, who spent three weeks in the U.S. in September. Participants stayed in Washington, D.C. and visited different government agencies, civil society, and youth entrepreneurship organizations. They have spent the last two weeks in Johnson City, Tennessee, working with Partners' Tennessee Chapter, which has organized more youth exchange programs than any other Partners chapter in the U.S.
Applying an International Experience to Your Career Search
In August, Career Coach David J. Smith presented at Partners' Career Connections seminar in Los Angeles, California. There, he helped participants envision where they want to be in five years. Smith said sharing his experiences is always a transformational opportunity and expressed how “an international experience can help people hone valuable skills and aptitudes that can be used in the work world.” He encourages U.S. exchange alumni professionals to also tell their stories at events like the next Career Connections seminar in New York City.
Engineering Students Build New Understandings in Mexico
This past summer, engineering students from California State University, Fullerton studied at Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Y Superior Universidad in Ensenada, Mexico, ​and teamed up with Mexican scholars for a week to create and present engineering research projects based on real-world needs. ​Students also visited three different industries — two wineries and a water park — to learn about engineering projects and systems in Mexico. ​The cultural exchange program between the two universities is thanks to a grant from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund​.
Open Job Opportunities
Partners of the Americas is hiring! We are currently seeking an On-site Seminar Logistics Coordinator, Procurement Officer, Federalism Expert, Accountant I (Field Office Operations), 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 Youth Engagement Intern, Program Development Intern, Finance and Administration Intern, and a Business Development Intern to join our team.