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Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)

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Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Atlas Corps: Empower Women Globally (#GivingToday)
Amira
Amira

Greetings...from my home to yours;)

As we come together via email, text, skype, WhatsApp, and other various forms of distance communication, I continue to be inspired by people. I am also loving seeing photos from home offices - creative standing desks, pet colleagues, and flowers. I know that my two sons have enjoyed greeting my Atlas Corps colleagues on conference calls.

Some of the people who inspire me most are the Atlas Corps Fellows who continue to serve knowing that their service will empower them to be better leaders into the future. Also, I send a shout out to our Alumni are in that next leadership level and continue to stay connect with one another. A great example is our Alumna Amira (Sudan | Class 21, Host: International Center for Research on Women). You may remember her from our Empower Women Globally campaign in 2018. She continues to inspire!

Check out our latest blog post: Alumni Making Impact as the Communicable Diseaes Officer for the World Health Organization

After serving as an Atlas Corps Fellow in Washington, DC, Amira began working for the World Health Organization as the Communicable Disease Officer. She credits the Fellowship helping her achieve this professional milestone:

Atlas Corps added that critical lens to the way I see things, through the amazing exposure I got during working with my Host Organization, attending different events that Atlas Corps organized as well as interacting with Fellows from all over the world with incredible talent and background.

Amira also shared insight into her current position:

Since the Fellowship, I have worked with the WHO on a project aiming to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) medicalization in five African countries and drafted the global FGM monitoring and evaluation framework to be adopted by the WHO. I also participated in the development of the Sudan HIV National Strategic Plan and am a member of the HIV global fund application. Additionally, I carry out HIV services with analysis and develop stigma reduction booklets in a partnership with the ministry of social welfare.

Thanks, Amira, for the valuable role you are playing advancing public health on an international level. And thank YOU for supporting Amira and our community of more than 775 Fellows from 96 countries! I encourage you to read more Fellow highlights on our blog

All of us at Atlas Corps send our best. We also thank you for your support and for being part of our community!

Be Well-

Abby

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Rehema (Uganda)
Rehema (Uganda)

Hello,

Happy Holidays! As 2019 draws to a close, I want to share some special highlights with you. I also acknowledge you may have seen this update but it is one not to be missed!

First, I want to say Thank You! You helped us achieve a lot in one decade. In December 2009, Atlas Corps had supported only 25 Fellows from 7 countries. Now, as we approach the end of a decade, we are a diverse global community of more than 750 professionals from 95 countries - and more than 60% of our Fellows are female! You got us here. You have grown with us.

Will You continue to support us as we embark on a new decade? 

Atlas Corps is impactful. We invest in leaders to develop their capacity AND to strengthen the organization where they serve. Of our Fellows, 98% leave the United States at the end of their Fellowship and 85% attribute the Fellowship to helping them achieve their current professional roles. Our Alumni Lucia (Nicaragua, Host: Latin American Youth Center) served a year in Washington, DC, focused on youth development. Lucia now leads youth empowerment activities in Central America.Or, Rehema (Uganda, Host: Women Deliver) returned to Uganda to found an organization to fight unemployment.

“Serving for one year as an Atlas Corps Fellow,” shared Rehema, “gave me the ground to dream and to start my young adult focused organization, Re!gnite Africa.”

Lucia and Rehema are just two examples of the long-term impact our Fellows have at home and abroad. When you support Atlas Corps, you support social change professionals committed to positive change! If you want to achieve impact, donate to Atlas Corps.

Join us in empowering more women globally leaders! Please support Atlas Corps Fellows like Lucia and Rehema before the end of the year. Invest in our Fellows today.

Thank you for being part of this dynamic community. Let’s make the next decade even more memorable!

Happy Holidays,

Scott 

P.S. If you are in Washington, DC, on January 30, 2020, join us to celebrate this network at our Winter Celebration. Details at bit.ly/AtlasCorpsWinter2020  

 

Lucia (Nicaragua)
Lucia (Nicaragua)
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Hello-

Wow - we continue to empower women globally and Thank YOU for helping to make it happen! Your involvement helps us to grow our diverse and driven community, which is now more than 750 Fellows from 95 countries. 

Our supporters make it possible to welcome Tassia (Jamaica, Host: American Red Cross), who will be joining Atlas Corps Class 37 as one of the 11 out of 13 women Fellows! Tassia is an experienced communications specialist with a unique background in marketing, politics, entrepreneurship, and advocacy. Through her communications support role for Jamaica’s former Minister of National Security, she was able to impliment her passion for youth violence prevention. She helped support their violence prevention initiatives in vulnerable communities by leveraging community partnerships and social marketing for Ministry’s Unite for Change project. Tassia’s passion for change does not stop there, she is a dedicated supporter of gender equality, child rights, and using technology for social good. Over the years she has refined her craft through volunteering and working with various projects, some funded by international development organisations such as the World Bank, EU and the IDB. 

Thank you for supporting Tassia, Class 37, and all our Fellows. Meet them at fellows.atlascorps.org.

Bonus - #GivingToday in October! Mark your calendars - Atlas Corps launches our annual #GivingToday campaign on October 1 - October 31. All donations are matched $1 for $1 for the first $20,000 raised. More details soon!

Event Updates - if you are in DC, join us for the folloiwing:

  • Atlas Corps Fall Celebration on October 10th, 2019 in Washington, DC celebrates the accomplishments of the Atlas Corps community, as well as honor incoming and current Atlas Corps Classes! RSVP here.
  •  Atlas Corps Celebrate Diversity & Inclusion Gala on November 16, 2019, in Washington, DC. Celebrate our network for over 750 Fellows from 95 countries and enjoy an evening of food, drinks, live performances, and the presentation of the Atlas Corps Global Changemaker Award! Details here.

Cheers-

Abby

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Hira Saeed
Hira Saeed

Hello!

Thank you for your ongoing support of Atlas Corps! Thanks to YOUR involvment, we have grown our community to more than 700 social change professionals from 94 countries - wow! Women continue to be an inspiring force with our community as they comprise 60% of our fellows.

Our community includes Hira (Pakistan) who serves in San Francisco. Hira is an inspiration! She has been actively share her story and experiences through speaking opportunities during the Fellowship. Recently, she received the Atlas Corps Bloggy Award for this great post on the 5 Ways We Can Empower Women GloballyHere are a few highlights:

1. Place women as leaders and give them decision making roles: Although many women are now powerful contributors to the economy of some states, gender equality is still a myth in the greater part of the world. Women have actively started participating in the tech industry, food production, natural resource management, domestic wellness, entrepreneurial work, as well as energy and climate change..... providing women with leadership opportunities and making them a part of decision making can go a long way in achieving women’s empowerment.

2. More Job Opportunities for Women: Despite being significant contributors to social and financial development, women don’t have access to equal job opportunities. Equal rights programmes can invest significantly in promoting decent jobs and public policies, advocating growth and development.

3. Invest in Women’s Entrepreneurial Ideas, Emotionally and Financially: An effective way of tackling gender inequality is entrusting women with entrepreneurial work. By investing in women’s education and providing them with entrepreneurial opportunities, the unequal pay gap can be ruled out from the socio-economic scene, encouraging women to increase their participation in the supply chain.

4. Taking Action against Unpaid Labor Work: One of the biggest concerns about gender inequality is women’s unpaid labor. Many marginalized groups, including rural women and domestic workers, are often deprived of economic independence and many times their labors go unnoticed by society. By controlling the driving factors and protecting women from violence and social abuses, women can be encouraged to explore and utilize their potential.

5. Mentoring Women Professionally and Personally:  To help women actualize their entrepreneurial goals and promote them as leaders, mentoring programmes should adopt a more holistic approach wherein both personal and the professional aspects are taken care of. 

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In 2019, the Atlas Corps annual theme this year is #DiversityandInclusion. It is extremely relevant to the Fellows do in dail professional and personal activities. The Fellow community is incredibly diverse and represents the global opportunities available. Everyday, our Fellows learn and give back to the community by sharing with the next generation of global citizens, one Fellows at a time.

Thank you for supporting Hira and our diverse network of Fellows.

Mark Your Calendars! You can multiply your impact on Thursday, July 18! Donations of $100 or more will be matched as part of GlobalGiving Bonus Day. Join us!

Cheers-

Abby

P.S. Will you spread the word on social media? Share this note: Celebrate #DiversityandInclusion with Atlas Corps. #Give100 on July 18! Donations matched for GlobalGiving Bonus Day at donate.atlascorps.org.

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Atlas Corps Celebrates Diversity & Inclusion
Atlas Corps Celebrates Diversity & Inclusion

Hello!

Thank you for playing a key role in supporting Atlas Corps in 2018. Last year, we focused our organizational efforts around the theme of empowering women globally. During the year, we engaged 52 new women in the Fellowship—in fact, 60% of our Fellows are female. In addition, our Fellows hosted discussion panels, wrote blogs, and engaged in conversations around the topic. It all culminated with our Empower Women Globally Gala on December 1, 2018. 

In 2019, our intention is to focus on diversity and inclusion. We will update you as we develop activities and outreach throughout the year. The topic is timely and resonates well with our diverse network of Fellows and Hosts. In fact, a Fellow recently wrote a blog post about this topic: http://bit.ly/AtlasCorpFellowDiversityBlog. Here is a highlight:

"The world today is undergoing its biggest transformation, over the last few years, it has become accustomed to the need for acceptance and empathy and equality. However, we are also living in a world where there has been resistance to openness and inclusion….As designers, we do more than just live in this world, we create experiences that directly impact the lives of others and ourselves….we need to ask and answer the question of “what can I do today, as a designer, to contribute at a more diverse industry and a more inclusive environment?"          -Laura (Colombia, Class 30, Host: Atlas Corps)

Today is the opportunity for us to embrace our role as “designers” of our world. Atlas Corps was shaped by you and the many members of our community. It is truly inspiring to see what we accomplish when individuals unite under the common goal of advancing positive social change in our world.

Thank you and wishing the best for 2019,

Scott (and the Atlas Corps Team)

P.S. Special invite for April 1: Join our virtual discussion! Once again, Atlas Corps is partnering with American Express to host the American Express Leadership Academy Global Alumni Summit 2019! This year marks the fifth year of the Summit and the first time the Summit be held in Washington, DC. The Summit brings together approximately 100 Alumni of American Express Leadership Academies and representatives from partner organizations. A highlight of this Summit is the Livestream discussion, which is open to the public, that will take place on Monday, April 1, 3:30 PM EDT. The discussion features Bill Drayton of Ashoka and Stacy Palmer of The Chronicle of Philanthropy as they discuss Engaging All: Strategies for Thriving in Complexity. Details at https://bitly.com/AELAalum19.

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