The Trust for the Americas

To become the pre-eminent capacity building organization for civil society in the Western Hemisphere, both for individuals and institutions, by leveraging our distinctive network of local institutions, relationship with to private sector, our partnership with the Organization of American Sstates, and the ability to transfer know-how across countries

The Trust for the Americas
2600 16th Street
Northwest,
Washington,, District of Columbia 20441
United States
202 458 3458
http://www.trustfortheamericas.org

Management Team

Linda Eddleman, Milton Drucker, Maria L Mor, Claudia Gonzalez, Silvina Acosta

Board of Directors

Jose M Insulza, Alfonso Quinonez, Adam Blackwell, Hans Kohlsdorf, Andrew Vesey, Susan Benson, Javier Arnaiz, June Dehart, Stanley Motta, Hernan Rincon, Enrique Segura, Michael L Chin, Randy Millian, Carlos J Ardila, Joseph Cachey

Project Leaders

Felipe Ramos

Mission

To become the pre-eminent capacity building organization for civil society in the Western Hemisphere, both for individuals and institutions, by leveraging our distinctive network of local institutions, relationship with to private sector, our partnership with the Organization of American Sstates, and the ability to transfer know-how across countries

Programs

POETA: The goal of POETA is to increase the socioeconomic inclusion of vulnerable groups within society. By equipping individuals with the skills necessary to acquire and maintain employment, POETA helps them become self-sufficient, enriching their lives and those of their family members. POETA training is holistic in nature, designed to prepare program participants for employment upon graduation. Training for individuals includes vocational guidance, ICT applications, and personal development. According to the beneficiaries' needs, POETA also supports the development of small enterprises, social education, and civic responsibility. Program Components: Digital Inclusion Opportunity Centers that (i) provide training in both basic and advanced technical skills such as internet access and use of Microsoft Office applications; and (ii) serve as after-hours community resource centers, providing both internet access and skills training for the larger community. Job-readiness and job-skills training: POETA participants require support to prepare for and find employment. They gain skills in how to draft a resume and prepare for job interviews, and learn how to address particular issues such as discrimination that vulnerable groups often face in the workplace. Awareness and Visibility: The Trust works to educate local businesses and governments on the importance of offering fair employment access to persons with disabilities. The Trust also works to inform the public of the importance of equal access to opportunity for all. Job placement and Business Development: The Trust actively seeks job placement opportunities with the support of our local partners, creating spaces where local businesses and POETA participants meet to promote employment. Where applicable, POETA also works to support entrepreneurship and improve business opportunities for graduates by facilitating credit and connecting their businesses with potential customers. Armando Paz Armando Paz is a joint venture of The Trust for the Americas and the Organization of American States to promote a culture of peace among Central America's youth. Through local partner organizations, The Trust/OAS trains young people in creative technologies and social media, and encourages their participation in a broad value promotion campaign by-youth, for-youth across El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama. Thanks to the support of Radio Netherlands Training Centre and local media partners, participants throughout Central America will produce, submit, and disseminate multimedia projects and text messages to promote healthy lifestyles and violence prevention among their peers. Additionally, The Trust/OAS will provide unique opportunities for participants to engage directly with policymakers, making sure their voices are heard in the formulation of national and regional public policies to address citizen security. Through Armando Paz, The Trust/OAS is also empowering youth to create and execute service projects to promote peace and in their own communities by providing small grants to youth organizations. Capacity Building for Journalists and NGOs With support from the U.S. Department of State, The Trust is currently implementing a two-year project that builds the capacity of and promotes collaboration between journalists and NGOs in order to enhance government accountability and human rights in Nicaragua. Through this project, journalists learn to report effectively and responsibly on issues pertaining to democratic processes. Additionally, in Honduras and Nicaragua the Trust is implementing a program aimed at strengthening local community organizations that promote the rights of Afro descendants, women, youth and LGBT. The program fosters partnerships between NGOs, universities and government agencies aiming at an increasing recognition of the human rights of minorities.

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