ABOUT

AMIGOS is a leader in international youth development, creating a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. We provide extraordinary opportunities for youth to design and lead projects in collaboration with US and Latin American peers and partner organizations across the Americas. Our strong partner network, built over 50 years, enables authentic engagements in communities across the region.

The AMIGOS New York City Chapter recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS participants and their families from the Tri-State Area. Our chapter accepts participants October through December of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of January through June, New York City Chapter participants will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.

 

Info Sessions

 

*If you are interested in AMIGOS email recruiting@amigosnyc.org for more information

 

Interviews

After you complete your application sign up for an interview! If you have not yet attended an information session, please do! We encourage everyone to attend an in person or online information session prior to their interview.

 

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

The New York City Chapter of Amigos de las Américas is currently looking to fill volunteer board member positions. If you’re looking to join a wonderful organization that is dedicated to provided leadership opportunities to youth in the New York City area please feel free to browse the descriptions below and contact president@amigosnyc.org to share your interest or request additional information.

 

CALENDAR

Thanks for your interest in AMIGOS de las Américas – New York City Chapter! The information sessions will provide you with an introduction to the program, and should be attended by prospective volunteers and their parent/guardian.

**Please note that applicant interviews will take place after information sessions. The dates have been provided below. If you have already attended an information session before, you do not need to attend that portion of the day, please only arrive for the interview time scheduled.

 

DATE TIME EVENT LOCATION
Monday 2 October 2017 6:30 – 8:00pm Information Session Neighborhood Preservation Center

232 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

Wednesday 11 October 2017 6:30 – 8:00pm Information Session Neighborhood Preservation Center

232 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

 

Thursday 19 October 2017

 8:00 – 9:00pm  Online Info Session**     RSVP HERE
Thursday 2 November 2017 5:00 – 6:15pm Prep for Prep Prep for Prep  (Library)

328 West 71st Street New York, NY 10023

Thursday 16 November 2017 5:30 – 7:00pm Information Session Neighborhood Preservation Center

232 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

 

Monday 20 November 2017

 

8:00 – 9:00pm

 

Online Info Session**

 RSVP HERE
 

Tuesday 5 December 2017

6:30 – 8:00pm Interview Date Neighborhood Preservation Center

232 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

 

Thursday 7 December 2017

 

 8:00 – 9:00pm Online Info Session**  RSVP HERE 

 

**Skype interviews available upon request. Email recruiting@amigosnyc.org

FUNDRAISING

The New York City Chapter of AMIGOS covers program costs through a combination of family payments and fundraising activities. These include a letter-writing annual fund appeal to friends and family, and a spring fundraiser. We chose these activities to maximize our ability to provide the AMIGOS experience to all participants without regard to family financial circumstances. All participants are required to fully take part in each fundraising activity as fundraising skills are an important component of AMIGOS training program and raise awareness of AMIGOS programs in the community.

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each participant is required to send out a combination of 100 letters and 100 emails to friends and family, to request individual tax-deductible donations (the revenue from this effort is pooled). Letters are written by the participant with considerable help provided by the chapter during the proicess.

Spring Fundraiser

Each family is expected to donate a silent auction item to the Spring Fundraiser and to purchase two (2) tickets.The event format consists of a silent auction featuring approximately 40 items, followed by a live auction of higher valued items masterfully conducted by Jan Nolte, formerly of Christieʼs and parent to an AMIGOS alumna. For more information about the auction contact auction@amigosnyc.org.

FAMILY FEE $4,400

(payment plan options available)

Group fundraising participation required

THE PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES:

  • Chapter training materials and workshops
  • Round-Trip International Airfare
  • Secondary short-term international medical insurance
  • Program excursions and trainings
  • Food, lodging, and transportation in Latin America
  • Supplies for community project and extracurricular activities
  • 24-hour emergency support system

THE PROGRAM FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Immunizations and pre-travel medical examinations
  • Passport/visa fees

FINANCIAL AID

AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of participants from diverse backgrounds. AMIGOS provides needs-based financial assistance with distribution determined by family income, number of dependents and special financial circumstances. We provide amounts TBA to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Financial assistance applications are due on November 30, 2017. Please contact info@amigosnyc.org for additional information. In addition, participants who are returning for an additional summer receive a $500 discount.

FINANCIAL AID DEADLINE November 30

TRAINING

The transformative AMIGOS experience starts before leaving home.

With 50 years of experience preparing young people for travel and service abroad, AMIGOS training offers unparalleled global youth leadership development. Pre-departure training equips participants with the critical thinking, communication skills, and technical knowledge they need to make a meaningful impact across cultures while staying healthy and safe. The New York City Chapter AMIGOS training is youth-led, experiential learning that prepares participants for their AMIGOS experience, builds a community of youth and families with shared values, and develops life-skills to help participants succeed beyond AMIGOS. Training sessions are facilitated by Ana Grammatica, the New York City Chapter Training Director.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM INCLUDE:
  • Unparalleled leadership development
  • Cross-cultural awareness and understanding
  • Hands-on training for technical aspects of the program
  • Extensive health and safety training
  • Opportunities to practice Spanish
  • Creating a community of young people with shared values
THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR TRAINING ACTIVITIES INCLUDES:
  • Five Sunday trainings
  • Two overnight retreats
  • Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer

 

2016 – 2017 Amigos New York City -Training calendar:

 

Date Time Event
TBD TBD TBD

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Steven Funk

President

president@amigosnyc.org

 

Breanna Steggell

Recruitment Coordinator

recruiting@amigosnyc.org

 

 

Sophie Pauze

Recruitment Chair

 

Members at Large

Caroline Yoder

Alice Wong

Beth Pierson

Amrita Singh

Art Palmer

Sandra Markovic

 

MEDIA

 

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