Project Amigo

Ending Poverty through Education

Novato, CA   |  www.projectamigo.org

Mission

Project Amigo was established in 1986. It is headquartered in Colima, Mexico. The mission of Project Amigo is to enable rural, marginalized students of Colima, Mexico to achieve their highest potential by providing educational opportunities, material support, enrichment activities, and medical and dental services not otherwise available to them; and to provide opportunities for volunteers from developed countries to help and become friends with these children in Mexico; and to foster friendship and understanding between people from developed countries and from Mexico.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Kirk Dretzka

Main address

936 B 7th St., #168

Novato, CA 94945 USA

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EIN

68-0396073

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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Education Support for Children in Colima

Project Amigo empowers disadvantaged & marginalized children from the state of Colima to achieve their highest potential by offering comprehensive scholarships for formal education, school supplies, educational assistance centers, homework clubs, enrichment activities and healthcare services not otherwise available to them. We are committed to ending poverty through education. Project Amigo enriches these communities through key partnerships with civic groups, individual donors and business sponsors.
Education is the cornerstone of Project Amigo’s mission. Colima is the fifth smallest in Mexico and estimated as the state with the highest levels of child labor. Our goal is to keep these students out of the fields & in school for as long as possible. At the Elementary level children participate in homework clubs, tutoring, activities that lead to better health like brushing teeth, arts & crafts and literacy. Students are invited to apply for scholarship to enroll in middle school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Scholarships allow poor rural children to attend junior high, high school and university.  These students would not be able to continue their educations without the scholarships, and they are selected for a scholarship based on their financial need, their high grade point average, and their likelihood to succeed in school and in their communities once they graduate.

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Financials

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Project Amigo

Board of directors
as of 09/04/2022
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Board chair

Jan Grimes

Redwood Management Services

Term: 2021 -

Jan Grimes

Woody Hoyt

Conny Fonseca

Max Mertz

Cass Sylvia

Gary Multanen

Jeff Salchenberg

Nicole Beal

Eric Holloway

Tom Brown

Charlie Williams

Bev Oster

Dennis Knoles

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No