Americas Helping the Americas: New professional Latin American volunteers serving the community in the United States.

Estados Unidos
Thanks to our partnership with Atlas Corps and The White House-launched Global Emerging Leaders Initiative (EGLI), it is with great joy that we present the four new América Solidaria Professional Volunteers from Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico.

For the second year in a row, the United States will welcome the valuable contributions of professional AS Latin American volunteers, who from 2015 to 2016 will serve in NGOs and disadvantaged communities in the United States in San Antonio, Brooklyn, Virginia, and Washington. With the firm conviction that it is possible to transform the entire continent into a more united “America”, they will do their best to achieve their goals.

On September 13, after two weeks of training in Santiago, Chile, four new professionals from Bogota, Brasilia, Medellin, and Monterrey arrived in Washington DC to participate in a new workshop before the start of their respective years of service in the United States.

We introduce you to the new team of volunteers:

Carolina Tejada, Colombian graduate of the Universidad de Medellín will serve in the Brooklyn-based Mozilla Foundation, working on the design and development of training programs for teaching web literacy skills.

Lina Bocanegra, also from Colombia, graduated from the Universidad de los Andes in Business Administration and will continue the work started in 2014 in the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) in Washington, DC. Lina will work in the Teen Center of the organization, developing academic support and tutoring programs, community peace building, and Arts & Media programming.

Niza Castañeda, a Mexican lawyer from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León with a Masters in Humanitarian and Human Rights from the “Universite de Paris”, will serve in Virginia, in the AYUDA organization, focusing on immigrant survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence/sexual assault, and child abuse.

Pablo Pereira de Mattos, the first professional volunteer in the history of América Solidaria from Brazil, is a lawyer from the Universidad de Rio Grande and has a Masters in Migration and Intercultural Relations from the German Carl Von Osseistzky University. He will serve in the city of San Antonio with the “Bernardo Kohler Center” (BKC) organization working with young immigrants who are refugees, have been abused or trafficked, or are seeking asylum in the country.

We wish these four great success in their challenging missions, as well as our complete recognition in them making a new model of regional cooperation and integration in the Western Hemisphere a reality.