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Welcome to our report. How was 2020 for Amizade?

2020 was a serious rollercoaster. We started this fiscal year celebrating our 25th anniversary with our friends in Pittsburgh and ended physically isolated in our homes. With the rise of COVID-19 worldwide, Amizade took a detour and switched our entire model to an innovative virtual platform. Amizade is honored to share that despite all the hardships in 2020, we still found ways to meet our mission, bringing thousands of people together, inspiring empathy, and catalyzing social change.

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AMIZADE'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY AND FUNDRAISER

Traveling from every corner of the world, over 200 people gathered in Pittsburgh to celebrate 25 years of service and learning. It was simply spectacular.

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AMIZADE CREATES INNOVATIVE VSL MODEL

With the rise of COVID-19, Amizade took quick action to switch our entire model to the virtual space. Thanks to the effort of our teams around the world, we were able to create a space that links communities on the front lines of managing our world’s most pressing issues. Check out this story and more updates about COVID-19.

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AMIZADE CREATES A SERIES OF WEBINARS FOR THE VIRA I. HEINZ PROGRAM

Laura Gooding participated in one of Amizade’s first virtual service-learning experiences: a series of webinars designed for the Vira I. Heinz Program. Learn more about what she enjoyed about the webinars.

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THE AMIZADE TALK SHOW SPREADS GOOD VIBES TO 14K PEOPLE

What started as a way to push Amizade’s Solidarity Campaign evolved into a lively forum to stay connected with our alumni, education partners, and community partners. Check out this story.

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SEMESTER ABROAD: A SKY FULL OF STARS IN NEW ZEALAND

Grace Singer, an Amizade semester abroad participant, reflected about her life in Dunedin before COVID-19 and her difficulties returning home abruptly from such an experience. Check it out.

19-20 Team
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Brandon Blache-Cohen (Ex Officio) • Michelle Zhu (Chair) • Dan Weiss (Founder) • Cody Morris Paris • Mike Sandy • Ronnell Perry • Patti Vile • Josh Stein • Julia Posteraro • Melissa Spence • Greg Payne • Nicole Stockey

STAFF

Brandon Blache-Cohen (Executive Director) • Katie Baucco (Director of Operations) • Bibi Al-Ebrahim (Education Director) • Rachel Helwig (Director of Partnerships) • Nina DelPrato (Program and Operations Coordinator) • Daniel Alexander (Communications Coordinator) • Melissa Nix (Communications and Development Coordinator) • Victoria Radford (Program Advisor) • Torey Siebart (Outreach Assistant) • Nick Grimes (Program Coordinator) • Tierna McConnell (Global Projects Intern)

19-20 Team
SITE DIRECTORS

John Mathias Brown (Jamaica 🇯🇲) • Jean Carla Costas (Bolivia 🇧🇴) • Mauricio Rodriguez Parra (Bolivia FSD 🇧🇴) • Jullyana Franco (Brazil 🇧🇷) • Dr. Matthias Hass (Germany & Poland 🇩🇪 🇵🇱) • Gail Mohammed (Trinidad & Tobago 🇹🇹) • Denise Aleong Thomas (Trinidad & Tobago 🇹🇹) • Anna Kraus (Poland 🇵🇱) • Michael Fernandez (Puerto Rico 🇵🇷) • Rev. Chris Nyame (Ghana 🇬🇭) • Nate Siggers (Appalachia 🇺🇸) • Keller Allen (Pine Ridge 🇺🇸) • Juri Bottura (Italy 🇮🇹) • Josef Diemair (Austria 🇦🇹) • Ian Sutton (England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿) • Dris El Aatar (Morocco 🇲🇦) • Dr. Sergio Villa (Spain 🇪🇸) • Monica • Fernandez-Crespo (Spain 🇪🇸) • Dr. Frank Billingsley (Belgium 🇧🇪) • Daniel Bryan (Ecuador 🇪🇨) • Ashley Mountfort (New Zealand 🇳🇿) • Lawrence Kaibetoney (Navajo Nation 🇺🇸) • Vanessa Brown (Navajo Nation 🇺🇸)

IMPACT DATA
What do participants think of Amizade's VSL?

"As a part of the first cohort to have experienced Amizade’s virtual service learning program, I can confidently say that this experience has given me a fresh perspective on both my future career goals and what it means to learn from other communities, all from the convenience of my own home."

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What do participants think of Amizade's VSL?

"The class was so personal even though we participated virtually, due to great facilitation."

""I really liked the set up of the Ecuador presentations. I felt like I was actually learning there instead of over the computer. That was really great."

IMPACT DATA
What do participants think of Amizade's VSL internship?

"I was hesitant and skeptical at the beginning of the internship, unsure of how it would translate to a virtual format and how much I would be able to contribute from my house. By the end, however, with the combination of face-to-face time with internship supervisors, Serge's cultural sessions, and reflective sessions, I felt I was able to get a unique and impactful experience. "

FINANCIALS
INCOME - $2,138,130.08

Program fees - 88%
Grant - 2%
Fundraising Contributions - 9%
Other - 1%

FINANCIALS
EXPENSES - $2,160,166.47

Administration - 16%
Programming - 84%

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