Eighteen years ago, the family of Madelyn L. Laschober (mother of long-time Partners volunteer and Board Member Paula J. Laschober) established an endowment fund to honor her passion for Latin America and membership in the Washington/Chile Partners Chapter. These grants support innovative projects that serve to advance youth, education, small business and micro-enterprise programs, such as the Learning Center program in Nicaragua. Today, there are over 100 self-sustaining community-led centers throughout Nicaragua that help to generate income for women.
Impact by the Numbers:
- 28 Projects
- 11 Countries
- $30,000 Granted
Travel Blogger Summit
In September 2017, Partners of the Americas and Hostelling International USA co-hosted the Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship. The 2017 Summit convened 100 of the top journalists, bloggers and digital media influencers in travel, as well as organizations in the field of global exchanges and travel, in order to provide a platform for the public and private sector to engage in the discussion of the transformative power that global travel and study abroad have on youth expanding their education.
What Works Medellín
The third What Works Conference was hosted in Medellín, Colombia by the Antioquia Chapter with support from PartnersCampus EAFIT and the Municipality of Envigado. Over two days, more than 250 people from six countries shared best practices for promoting local, national and international cooperation around innovation in higher education, climate action and peacebuilding. Youth participated in a leadership workshop following the conference.