Our impact at a glance
Amizade is deeply committed to empowering participants and communities. Measuring our impact is an ongoing process, and helps us evaluate what’s working, what’s not, and how we can best make our mark on the world. Please feel free to scan this section, and consider for yourself – just how is Amizade making an impact?
years of global education
education partners around the world
development projects built and sustained
alumni in our network
IMPACT DATA & FINANCIALS FROM OUR ANNUAL REPORT
Amizade believes that transparency is an important window in making sure that our work is fair and full of impact. Check out the impact data & financials from our last fiscal year.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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 🇺🇸)
"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."
"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."
"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. "
Program fees - 88%
Grant - 2%
Fundraising Contributions - 9%
Other - 1%
Administration - 16%
Programming - 84%
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Amizade’s 26th Annual Report PDF Version (2020)
Amizade’s 25th Annual Report (2019)
Amizade’s 24th Annual Report (2018)
Amizade’s 23rd Annual Report (2017)
Amizade’s 22nd Annual Report (2016)
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What People are Saying about Amizade.
Class prepares for disaster relief trip to Puerto Rico | October 2019 | The Daily Illini
ECU Students lend a hand, learn about Puerto Rico during ABE Trip | May 2019 | ECU NOW
Fourth year of Fulbright-Amizade education program held in Williamson | May 2019 | Williamson Daily News
Alternative Spring Break Takes Students to Jamaica | Feb 2019 | BCTV.org
Pakistani student makes history by speaking at JHU business school’s graduation ceremony | Aug 2018 | Ary News
Foreign yet familiar: Program brings Irish, African-American teens together | Aug 2018 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Penn State Berks Senior Helps Hurricane Maria Victims on Spring Break | Mar 23 2018 | Reading Eagle
SRU group to practice fair-trade learning during service trip to Bolivia | Jan 02 2018 | Slippery Rock University News
Service trip alumni reunite to volunteer in South Dakota | July 31 2017 | Penn State News
For Students Going Overseas, an ‘America First’ Presidency Complicates Their Studies | June 2017 | The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Value of Blurring Visitors and Hosts in Global Learning | Jun 2017 | Campus Compact
Preserving history: Students’ trip to Auschwitz brought Holocaust horror to life | April 2017 | Penn State News
Students spend Spring Break rejuvenating communities in need | March 2017 | Gant News CNN News Affiliate
New Kensington community service arm reaches mangroves of Puerto Rico | March 2017 | Penn State News
Students travel to Poland to help preserve Auschwitz | February 2017 | Penn State News
Jamaica Trip Offered Cultural Insights | February 2017 | The Villager Stevenson University
Going Abroad – And Bringing Lessons Back Home | October 2016 | Remake Learning
Amateurs Play Doctor for World’s Poor | June 2016 | The Daily Beast
Malia, the Rise of the Gap Year, and Ethical International Engagement | May 2016 | Stanford Social Innovation Review
Author Urges a Rethink About Medical Volunteerism Abroad | May 2016 | The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Impact of service learning in Jamaica ‘goes both ways’ | May 2016 | Cornell Chronicle
Pilot program brings international students to Williamson | March 2016 | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Navajo Nation: Students discover service, culture on Spring Break | March 2016 | Penn State News
Pittsburgh Students Asked to Rethink Volunteering | February 2016 | Next City
Senior spends summer working abroad | October 2015 | The Daily Aztec
Alternative breaks promote service learning | February 2015 | The Daily Cardinal
Amizade offers free student exchange program | February 2015 | The Bulletin
Pittsburgh area charities offer holiday cards | November 2014 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Nonprofit has service, study abroad opportunities | November 2014 | The Washington Times
The Global Switchboard is connecting Pittsburgh to the world | August 2014 | NEXTpittsburgh
Shared offices provide advantages for startups, nonprofits, others | August 2014 | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Alternative spring break helps homeless in D.C. | March 2014 | The Ranger
The Global Switchboard will offer coworking space for international-minded organizations | March 2014 | Pop City
Volunteers build community garden at Man Middle School | March 2014 | Logan Banner
The Women of Matelot Step Up- Dorcas Women’s Group | December 2013 | The Trinidad Express
Volunteers extent ‘Amizade’ to Sustainable Williamson | July 2013 | The Williamson Daily News
Local band holds benefit concert to support WVU students’ trip to Trinidad | March 2013 | WBOY.com
New student org eyes global reach | November 2012 | The Daily Atheneaum
Student volunteers travel to Jamaica for care break | September 2012 | The Rocket
When a Passport Teaches More Than a Diploma | September 2012 | Diplomatic Courier
Amizade opens global doors with Fellowship | August 2012 | The Daily Atheneaum
If you’re ready to join 1500 world leaders right here, be a One Young World delegate | August 2012 | Pop City
Nonprofit in Morgantown Recognized By United Nations (video) | August 2012 | WDTV.com
Volunteer group gets special status | August 2012 | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Amizade Global Service-Learning Granted Special Consultative Status | August 2012 | WBOY.com
US students receiving youth leadership training | August 2012 | The Himalayan Times
Program places West Perry grad in the Navajo Nation | July 2012 | Perry County Times
Walkers promote global clean water initiative | April 2012 | The Daily Athenaeum
Students walk miles for water at Amizade Water Water | April 2012 | The Pitt News
Middlesex Students Return from 10-day Fieldwork Experience in Ghana | February 2012 | Middlesex University Dubai News and Events
Amizade provides travel opportunity to Jamaica | February 2012 | The Daily Athenaeum
International experiences vital to post-college success | February 2012 | The Daily Athenaeum
Thousands donate time, money to aid Western Pennsylvania nonprofits | December 2011 | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Jamaica service trips caps CCAC program | December 2011 | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Amizade’s 10-year partnership in Jamaica is celebrated (see minute 11:30) | March 2011 | Television Jamaica
Penn State- DuBois Students Spring Break Service | March 2011 | Gant Daily
Students continue to build library in Ghana | January 2011 | The Daily Athenaeum
Residents Take Part in Amizade’s Water Walk | April 2010 | State Journal
WVU student gains new perspective through studying abroad with Amizade | Dec 16 2009 | WVU Today
Amizade Global Service-Learning boycotts Ugandan anti-gay law | October 2009 | The Tartan
WVU-nonprofit partnership in race for prize to support water harvesting in rural Africa | October 19th, 2009 | WVU Today
A Real Culture Shock | Sept 3 2009 | The Daily Athenaeum
Development in Tanzania: Amizade Students give and learn| August 4, 2009 | Tanzania US Embassy
A Service Group Built on ‘Friendship’ | July 26 2009 | Voice Of America
Pitt students provide community service in Ghana | July 14 2009 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh volunteers take a walk for clean water in Africa | March 23 2009 | Pittsburgh Trib-Review
“Water Walk for Women’s Rights” Sunday | March 20 2009 | Duquesne News
Community comes out to Do It in the Dark | October 20 2008 | The Daily Athenaeum
Funds to help students go abroad | October 14 2008 | The Daily Athenaeum
WVU students skip the beach to spend Spring Break helping others | March 23 2007 | The Daily Athenaeum
Volunteering in Bolivia with Amizade | Spring 2005 | Transitions Abroad
Amizade shows off in gallery | Feb 4 2004 | Pitt News
AGSLC helps students to study in Ghana, Bulgaria | April 16 2003 | Pitt News
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