Amigos de las Americas HQ

We believe that young people can change the world.

aka AMIGOS   |   Houston, TX   |  http://www.amigosinternational.org

Mission

Amigos de las Américas inspires leaders through authentic service and immersion experiences.

Ruling year info

1980

President & CEO

Sara Nathan

Main address

1800 West Loop South Suite 1325

Houston, TX 77027 USA

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EIN

74-1547146

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Leadership Development (W70)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The world is troubled by vast inequality, division, and fear of others. Our global community is facing worsening health crises, climate change, racism, xenophobia, and inequality. These problems are universal but impact communities across the world differently. To address these problems we need globally minded leaders who are capable, independent, and self-actualized. To create a more peaceful and just world, our leaders must embrace diversity and understand the power of collaboration to tackle the world's greatest challenges through community-led solutions. Our vision is a world where all people are lifelong leaders sharing responsibility for our global community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Summer Immersion

AMIGOS is a leader in international youth development. Our Summer Immersion program gives students ages 15 to 22 an opportunity to gain life experience and leadership training over 4 weeks by living and working with communities throughout the Americas. Volunteers work with US and Latin American peers to design and lead community projects related to areas such as public health, youth engagement, and environmental sustainability. AMIGOS training prepares students to manage projects, organize community members, solve problems, accept responsibility, and learn from others. Volunteers live with a host family in a new community, experiencing day-to-day life as a local, not a tourist. This authentic cultural and language immersion enables youth to have an impactful and unforgettable summer.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults
Economically disadvantaged people

The Youth Ambassadors program is one of the many programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The Youth Ambassadors program brings together high school students and adult mentors throughout the Americas to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth for service in their communities. The 8-month program (which includes a three-week international exchange) is focused on civic education, community service, and youth leadership development.  During the three-week international training program, Youth Ambassadors study community development, civic engagement, and leadership theories while living in a new community in Latin America or the United States. This training provides hands-on experience in the design and implementation of a community-based project. Volunteers then return to their home countries to implement community-based service projects in their local communities. The Youth Ambassadors Program is offered in Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Colombia, and Madison, WI.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults
Activists
Teachers

AMIGOS Gap program (semester and year) offer high school graduates and college students a four-to-eight-month internship with one of our partner community organizations. This longer program provides a greater level of responsibility and independence than the Summer Immersion program. Cultural immersion over several months is an enriching experience, providing volunteers a new level of understanding and a greater perspective on the world. AMIGOS Gap program provides an opportunity for volunteers to develop leadership and problem-solving skills at a critical moment before they start the next phase of their life.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Activists

Throughout the 8-week program of the Community Impact Project, students between the ages of 13 and 19 across the U.S. and Latin America complete cultural competency and leadership training in cohorts enhancing their personal development for civic leadership and their professional lives. They learn and practice our Community Based Initiative Process (CBIP) for developing ethical, sustainable community service projects and apply this learning in a personal project in their home community. Example projects could be providing seniors virtual companionship, designing an app to reduce cyberbullying, tutoring kids who do not have technology access for online schooling, and organizing a community art piece denouncing police brutality.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2020

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2021

Building Bridges Coalition - Member 2021

Gap Year Association - Member 2021

World Learning 2021

U.S. Department of State 2021

Tufts University 2021

Feeding America 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Young adults, Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

AMIGOS provides financial support to students through financial assistance awards including full sponsorships.

Number of youth who demonstrate civic participation skills (e.g., compromise, perspective-taking)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Youth who participate in AMIGOS programs are involved with implementing a community initiative or project where they put into practice civic leadership and participation skills.

Number of community initiatives in which the organization participates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

AMIGOS approach to community development is rooted in asset-based community development theory. Students develop their own service projects and/or support initiatives in their programming location.

Number of youth who demonstrate leadership skills (e.g., organizing others, taking initiative, team-building)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Youth who participate in AMIGOS programs are involved with implementing a community initiative or project where they put into practice leadership skills.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

AMIGOS equips young people to become the rising leaders our communities need. We challenge students to realize their full potential through transformational experiences in cultural exchange and service.

Our student volunteers develop strong personal leadership skills, become committed and active citizens, and thrive in cross-cultural environments. They use empathy and design thinking training to expand their leadership skills. They connect with one another across cultures to grow their cultural competence. They expand their ability to address issues based on community needs and resources - strengthening their ability to lead and serve for a lifetime.

Our programs address global issues including but not limited to food insecurity, environmental conservation, racial justice, public health, gender equality, and more.

We are committed to engaging youth from all socioeconomic backgrounds to our life-changing programs. We use a sliding scale fee structure and provide financial assistance awards to serve students with financial need.

After their AMIGOS experience, alumni continue to be leaders in their home communities. One such leader is alumna Anne Morriss, a serial entrepreneur. You can read her testimony that highlights the impact of our organization on her relationship to the concept of leadership on our blog, La Carta: https://amigosinternational.org/la_carta/alumni-spotlight-anne-morriss/.

AMIGOS offers immersion and service programming to middle-school-, high-school-, and college-aged youth. All programs include varying degrees of the following components, which enable volunteers to develop into community leaders:

Community-Led Service
AMIGOS volunteers work on a community-led service project. Every service project is unique and channels each young person's unique positive youth development and capacity for community service. The impact of their service is meaningful because our programs are driven by the needs and resources of local communities.

Cultural Exchange
Volunteers step outside of their comfort zones to learn about themselves and others in a new cultural context. Whether in a virtual exchange program or immersed in a community in a different country, students are given the opportunity to truly engage with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. The intention is that our volunteers walk away with not just a global awareness but with a global perspective.

Independence
Our students are given the opportunity for independence and self-direction at a level unparalleled in comparison to other international youth leadership organizations in the field. Our programs help volunteers remove the barriers that hold them back from manifesting their autonomy. They gain an increased sense of responsibility for one's self and what impact they wish to make in the world.

Training and Mentorship
Students build their leadership and community engagement skills through hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship. This allows students to experience the independence needed to grow as leaders but with the support of a passionate facilitator and guide.

Future Leadership Opportunities
After AMIGOS, volunteers join an alumni network of more than 30,000 engaged leaders across the globe.

56 Years of Experience
In 1965, AMIGOS founder Guy Bevil, a 29-year-old youth director, led a group of high school students and medical professionals into rural Honduras to support the fight against a growing polio epidemic. Every year thereafter, young people have joined AMIGOS to travel to communities throughout the Americas and volunteer in locally-driven community-service projects.

AMIGOS has become an expert in providing youth with meaningful experiences supporting community-based initiatives. AMIGOS provides the only truly immersive and independent leadership development experience of this magnitude for youth.

In-Country Partnerships
At the very heart of our program model, partner agencies are local organizations that share our goal of engaging young people as leaders and global citizens. We have built strong relationships with a network of partner agencies throughout the Americas over our 56-year history. In 2021, AMIGOS currently partners with more than 50 nonprofit organizations, government ministries, and civil society organizations.

While these partners amplify our impact, we also amplify the forms of impact they are making. We work with our partners to develop region-specific work plans, incorporating our programs with the organizational goals of our partners. They help us consider community interests, identify host families and communities, and monitor safety in the region. Our partners are critical to the success and sustainability of our work.

Commitment to Diversity
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 diversity of 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 in our programs.

Our Alumni
We are proud of the more than 30,000 AMIGOS alumni who have completed our programs. In a poll of program volunteers from the years 1965-2012, more than 90% of respondents said that the AMIGOS experience affected them in the following ways:
-Greatly impacted their career paths and increased their ability to be effective leaders;
-Increased their multicultural awareness and respect for differing cultural norms;
-Improved their self-confidence, communication skills, and problem-solving skills; and
-Provided them with skills and qualities that are attractive to future and current employers.

They become leaders in their own communities and often speak about the lifelong impact of their AMIGOS experience.

“I gained insight into how similar people are across the world even when they belong to different cultures."

"AMIGOS was the most challenging experience of my life. I already feel like I've learned to be more level-headed and persistent. I've gained an immense amount of gratitude as well as humility."

"AMIGOS helped focus my career path. I am currently a scientific researcher at UC San Francisco focusing on drug discovery. One of our therapeutic targets is Chagas Disease, which is endemic in Latin America. Our collaborators on this project include researchers from Argentina and Brazil."

"Even though it was 20 years ago, I still tell stories of my days in Ecuador. It was one of the most profound experiences of my lifetime."

Financial Assistance
AMIGOS provides financial assistance to youth from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. We know that our programs are most impactful when we connect youth from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences. Currently, we offer more than $300,000 in financial assistance each year.

As we look ahead, we are thrilled to open new programs in the U.S. and throughout Latin America and to continue operating transformational opportunities for students who are inspired to lead positive change in the world.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We updated the pre-program training curriculum for our Summer Immersion program after reviewing feedback from multiple years. New technology and curricular sessions were added to the training.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Amigos de las Americas

Board of directors
as of 2/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kevin Lanier

Shell Oil Company

Term: 2020 - 2022

Patricia Grad

Arsenal Capital Partners

Adolfo Jiménez

Holland & Knight LLP

Andrew Haas, MD

Westmed Medical Group

Kevin Lanier

Shell Oil Company

Philip Johnson

McGovern Medical School

Sara Nathan

President & CEO (Ex-Officio) of Amigos de las Américas

Arnold Chacón

National Defense University

Catherine Masterson

Nonprofit Board Member

Kirk Iverson

Globalcraft

Lisa Pieper

Pieper & Associates LLC

Kirsten Tobey

Revolution Foods

Joanne Houck

Houck Law Offices

Paul Reidy

Excalibur IP LLC

Michael Pollack

SCA Charitable Foundation

Toby Spoon

TECMA

Molly Abbruzzese

Nonprofit Board Member

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Not applicable
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/25/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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