Preparing Young People for an Interconnected World
- Build cultural competence
- Explore what it means to be a global citizen
- Develop communication and interpersonal skills to connect with all people
30,000 alumni worldwide
Programming in 17 countries across the Americas
Local chapters in 23 cities across the United States
57 years as the expert in international youth leadership and service programming
300+ partnerships with schools and universities, government ministries, international development agencies, and local nonprofits
1,500,000+ service hours completed by volunteers
According to the World Economic Forum, young people are facing a “learning and skills crisis” and “demand opportunity and an education which allows them to build their skills and contribute to their own societies.”
The U.S. Department of Labor says that youth need the following experiences to gain skills and competencies to meet the challenges of adulthood.
In the report, The Missing Piece: A National Teacher Survey on How Social and Emotional Learning Can Empower Children and Transform Schools, educators share:
Every year, we distribute $300,000 through our Financial Assistance Fund. We are committed to giving students from all socioeconomic backgrounds a life-changing AMIGOS experience.
2020 Financial Assistance Results by Program
46% of students in the Community Impact Project
42% of students in the Civic Action Gap Semester
18% of students in the spring Gap Semester
The Partnerships Fund
The Partnerships Fund allows AMIGOS to reach U.S. students who would not be able to participate without the financial and pre-program support provided by both AMIGOS and our partner organizations. The Partnerships Fund is made possible by donations from Scott and Cathi Roberts, the Weatherspoon Charitable Fund, and two anonymous donors.
Latin American Youth Sponsorships
Since the 1990s, we have sponsored students from countries throughout Latin America to join our summer programs. Beginning in 2021, we will provide sponsorship opportunities for Latin American students to join every Latin American-based program as full-time volunteers.
Increasing Accessibility through the AMIGOS Chapter Network
Across the United States, a network of 20 local chapters facilitates the pre-departure training activities and builds community by connecting students to local service initiatives. The chapter network also helps to make AMIGOS accessible through group fundraising efforts, supplemental financial assistance awards, and pre-departure support.
Classroom Based Experiences to Reach More Youth
We understand that even with full funding a travel experience is not possible for every student. In 2020, we brought AMIGOS into the virtual space with the Community Impact Project. We adapted the program into the Classroom Community Impact Project in partnership with the Houston Independent School District in Spring 2021. We will bring this innovative program and partnership model to more classrooms and students in the coming years.
Our programs create a lasting impact on alumni in our program pillars of personal leadership, cultural competence, and commitment to service. Alumni make a positive impact on their communities through both their personal and professional lives. They enter all career fields but with higher concentrations in public service and diplomacy, public health and medicine, international business and law, primary and higher education, and nonprofits and social justice.
Alumni report the following outcomes through leadership and experience surveys:
98% increased cultural competency
96% improved Spanish language skills
94% improved self-confidence, communication skills, and problem-solving skills
91% developed skills and qualities attractive to future employers
90% increased ability to be effective leaders and support others
83% inspired to be more actively involved in their own communities