Amizade, Ltd.

aka Amizade Global Service-Learning, Amizade, Amizade GSL   |   Pittsburgh, PA   |  www.amizade.org

Mission

Amizade inspires empathy, catalyzes social action, and links diverse communities through Fair Trade Learning.

Notes from the nonprofit

Every year over one hundred thousand American students travel the world to participate in study and volunteer abroad programs. There are many different types of these programs – each offering their own level of community engagement and voice. Many of these programs operate by focusing solely on the student experience and rarely consider the important value and sacrifice of the communities they work in. Still others engage community leaders and organizations they operate in, but fail to recognize the importance and power of a mutual learning partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect. Modeled after our partnership in Jamaica, Fair Trade Learning recognizes that the individuals and communities that host students and volunteers are uniquely impacted by visitors and should be offered fair working conditions and compensation, hold significant voice in the orchestration of programming, and be offered proper professional development opportunities. Amizade enacts the Fair Trade Learning model of study and volunteering abroad by: Engaging only in community-driven development, in which community leaders and organizations help decide theVolunteer terms of foreign student projects in their communities. Encouraging and opening classes for local students to audit, free of charge. Offering fair compensation to all of those who make study and volunteer abroad programs possible, including guides, drivers, homestay families, cooks, and community organizations; and Working to offer partially or fully subsidized opportunities for individuals in our communities abroad to engage in service-learning programs in the United States. Fair trade learning recognizes that the flow of learning and service doesn’t have to be a one-way stream. It also considers that individuals in the communities where study and volunteer abroad programs take place deserve similarly empowering experiences as those who take part in these programs. Fair Trade Learning transforms the classroom into an engine of change, not only for the visitors, but also for those who host programs. By facilitating a free flow of service and learning across borders, Amizade will be able to truly empower individuals and communities, transforming even more lives through intercultural immersion, understanding, and learning.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Brandon Blache-Cohen

Main address

305 34th Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15201 USA

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EIN

36-3974227

NTEE code info

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Every year hundreds of thousands of American youth travel the world to participate in study and volunteer abroad programs. There are many different types of these programs – each offering their own level of community engagement and voice. Many of these programs operate by focusing solely on the participant experience and rarely consider the important value and sacrifice of the communities they work in. Still others engage community leaders and organizations they operate in, but still fail to recognize the importance and power of a mutual learning partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect. We believe in building a more relevant, collaborative, and responsible classroom that addresses these issues through Fair Trade Learning.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Service-Learning Programs

Amizade offers courses for university credit at its sites in the U.S. and abroad.  Each course includes a service component where students deliver a service identified by their host community. Credit is awarded through West Virginia University.

Recent courses include:
History of the Holocaust - based in Germany and Poland
Indigenous Women's Literature - based in Cochabamba, Bolivia
Journeys with Indigenous Cultures - based in the Navajo Nation

Population(s) Served

Modeled after Amizade's partnership in Jamaica, Fair Trade Learning recognizes that the individuals and communities that host students and volunteers are uniquely impacted by visitors and should be offered fair working conditions and compensation, hold significant voice in the orchestration of programming, and be offered proper professional development opportunities.
Pioneered by Amizade Global Service-Learning, the Fair Trade Learning framework commits volunteer sending organizations to transparency, community-driven service, commitment and sustainability, deliberate diversity, intercultural contact, community preparation, local sourcing, reciprocity, and reflection. Each ideal is broken into specific standards that have been vetted by community members, staff members across several VSOs, and a broad coalition of academics.

Population(s) Served

The ​Equity ​in ​Global ​Education ​Coalition ​aims ​to ​cultivate ​globally ​engaged and ​civically ​active ​youth ​throughout ​Pittsburgh ​through ​a ​city-wide ​movement ​that ​will
expose ​a ​groundswell ​of ​teenagers ​to ​international, ​reflective, ​and ​experiential ​global
experiences. ​This ​Coalition, will ​enable ​underrepresented ​youth ​of ​low socioeconomic ​status ​to ​gain ​access ​to ​global ​educational ​and ​volunteer ​opportunities
previously ​denied ​them ​due ​to ​the ​growing ​disparities ​in ​education ​between ​the ​wealthy and ​the ​poor.

Population(s) Served

Through the Global Social Action Accelerator (GSAA), Amizade will help program participants build on their new skills, passions, and networks by funding and supporting social action projects designed to address a need in their home community. In the form of small grants (of up to $1,000), project management training, and mentorship, these ideas will be catalyzed into social action, providing long-term impact in the communities where they were implemented, and valuable skills, experience, and professional development opportunities for the project leaders.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Amizade inspires empathy, catalyzes social action, and links diverse communities through Fair Trade Learning.

Amizade's strategies to achieve our mission include: Improving the consistency and quality of our Fair Trade Learning curriculum implementation, Piloting opportunities and training for participants and community members to cultivate social action, Improving alumni post-program engagement, and facilitating the linking of diverse and unlikely networks.

Amizade has been working on global education and connecting communities since 1994 and, in the past year, are working to more specifically target our new strategic goals.

This new strategic plan was just launched in the fall of 2017. Measurable results and progress are now being monitored and analyzed.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Amizade, Ltd.

Board of directors
as of 6/18/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rachel Helwig

Franklin & Marshall College

Term: 2015 - 2018

Brandon Blache-Cohen

Amizade

Dan Weiss

Cody Paris

University of Middlesex, Dubai

Patricia Vile

Volunteer Expeditions

Josie Cellone

PPG Industries

Michael Sandy

Bridgewater State University

Michelle Zhu

Deloitte

Suzanne Unger Freeman

WHRO Education

Joshua Stein

Julia Posteraro

The Midwife Center for Birth & Women's Health

Ronnell Perry

National Association of Corporate Directors

Melissa Cuddy

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Rachel Helwig

Franklin & Marshall College

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No