It is important to me and it is important for the development of our future leaders that we make diversity a priority. Every young person, regardless of their background, deserves a chance to experience what AMIGOS has to offer. And every [email protected] can serve to learn from different experiences.
I firmly believe our mission matters deeply when it comes to bridging divides. We will be challenging ourselves to improve as an organization and get involved more proactively. Let’s use our mission to do even more to support learning and action around issues of social justice.
During my time as CEO and President we have developed a diversity statement and created numerous partnerships to ensure that we continue to move forward and create more and more diverse classes of AMIGOS.
–Sara Nathan, CEO and President of AMIGOS
To realize the AMIGOS vision and mission, we believe in the power of every voice and the wisdom of diverse voices. AMIGOS embraces universal diversity, including: race, nationality, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, age, gender, and sexual orientation. AMIGOS seeks to include different life experiences, belief systems, abilities, and opinions throughout our work and aspires to eliminate barriers to inclusion and participation.
We all share responsibility for building an inclusive and respectful world. Every day, we work to provide space for young people to connect across cultures and create positive change in their communities. But this is not enough. We can and must be better. We commit to:
“AMIGOS really values differences. They drill into us in training and when we get out into the field that we have to respect others and respect what they can bring to the table. I’ve learned so much in my time with AMIGOS about how to relate to those that are different and how spending time with people with different backgrounds can enrich your life.”
We are committed to giving students from all socioeconomic backgrounds this life-changing experience. Our communities need leaders of diverse backgrounds.
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