Atlas Corps Prepares for Class 7 - September 2011Wow! We just closed our application cycle for September 2011, which means we received more than 1,000 applications from outstanding nonprofit leaders from around the world. These dynamic individuals learned about Atlas Corps through our current Fellows, Alumni, Nominator Network, listserv, job postings sites, and the list
continues. It amazes me how our headquarters in Washington, DC can reach as far as Nepal and South Africa. It is this collaboration that
will inspire positive impact in the global nonprofit sector. When a community health leader from Uganda can connect with a social
services expert from Michigan, we are making it happen. This month, we focus on that network effect and how each one of us has the
ability to build those bridges that are not easily divided. In effect, we are all citizen diplomats, ready to be ambassadors of our
own countries and causes and eager to share and learn from others.
Scott & the Atlas Corps TeamFellow Feature: Collaboration Gets Results!
Networking - more than an action, it is a necessity within the global nonprofit sector. Collaboration is essential to achieve solutions, at
least that is the lesson that Becky Nerima (Uganda, Class 6 Fellow) learned in her first two months in the United States. "There is a
strong environment of networking in DC," shares Becky, who serves at CORE Group and recently helped facilitate their Annual Meeting. "It
is interesting how you meet people and it just clicks. This sense of collaboration is not present in all parts of the world." At CORE
Group, Becky promotes this collaborative spirit as coordinator of a community health task force. She also experienced the value of the
"network effect" during the CORE Group Annual Meeting. "You really have to communicate with people," were her words of advice for other
events planners. In fact, it was networking that led Becky to the Atlas Corps Fellowship. She meet Amira Resnick (USA, Class 4) through
the Peace and Collaborative Network. Amira inspired Becky to apply and she became a Fellow in March 2011. When Becky completes her term
of service in 2012, she plans to utilize these networking skills to enhance existing community health activities in Uganda, "I really
want to create a small project that will enhance the current work being done in Uganda." She is excited to bring this collaborative
spirit to her home country.
Atlas Corps Fellows - Building the Citizen Diplomat Network!
The Atlas Corps Fellowship is a "comprehensive learning journey", as described by the Fellows. From service at a Host Organization to
navigating public transportation to interacting with people from around the world, we like to call it "citizen diplomats in action!"
Last weekend, the Fellows took their style of citizen diplomacy on the road to Richmond, Virginia, to build that network of citizen
diplomats. From the Civil War Museum to a picnic in the park and even a Bollywood film, the Fellows gained unique insight on southern-style
America while also learning more about each others' cultures. "The trip was an amazing opportunity to experience an American family
setting and gain authentic insight into American history" expressed Gbenga Ogunjimi (Nigeria, Class 6). Atlas Corps thanks our gracious
hosts and looks forward to future "citizen diplomacy" adventures with the Fellows.
Great news! Our Class 6 successfully completed their Orientation Week! On Monday, they started placements in their Host Organizations! Thank you for the continued support that helped us to achieve: 1. Our largest class to date: 21 Fellows from 14 Countries 2. Some significant firsts - including our first Spaniard in Colombia; our first Ghanan, Russian, Moldovan, Haitian Fellows; our first Class with 4 Fellows from one country (Nigeria); and our first Fellows to serve in New York. 3. Visits from USAID and the State Department - VIP Lunch guestsOf course, you can experience it for yourself! View photos: www.facebook.com/atlascorps View video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqIAM4dLw-8 (I have to give a shout out to Phil Mlanda for the expert creation! And to Class 4 and 5 for hosting a super fabulous Welcome Celebration yesterday!) Thanks for being inspiring parts of our network! It is amazing to see all that we have accomplished in five years.-Abby
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Join an Ever-Growing Network of Global Changemakers - Apply NOW to Atlas Corps for Sept 2011Atlas Corps (www.atlascorps.org), started in 2006, is an international network of nonprofit leaders and organizations that promotes innovation, cooperation, and solutions to address the world’s 21st century challenges. Our mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. Profiled as a “best practice” in international exchange by the Brookings Institution and featured in the Washington Post as a model social entrepreneurship program, Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in 12 to 18 month, professional fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global changemakers. In March 2011, our network of Fellows will include 75 nonprofit leaders from 23 countries. You can join this inspiring network as an individual or organization. Applications for September 2011 are now being accepted (starting Feb. 15, 2011)!
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