Learning to be future leaders in Seattle, USA
Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos provides training in the United States to four Latin American students
The education on offer from Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos provides much more than a year of schooling in the USA. For ten months Latin American young people chosen by the organization go to Seattle to study English and stay with host families in order to experience total cultural immersion. They also get to attend leadership seminars, meet mentors, visit firms and do community work so that once they are back in their own countries they can be better prepared and offer this talent to their community.
During this period of study the students’ basic needs are covered, including health insurance, transport cards and even any materials and resources they might need in order to take part in the leadership workshops.
With the NPH Seattle Institute program these young people are given the opportunity for personal and professional growth. Throughout the course they work on self-awareness, communication, social skills and leadership and are taught to realize that being a leader does not necessarily go hand in hand with authority or prestige. For Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, a leader is a flexible, responsible, compassionate person, capable of bringing about change that can help improve life within their communities.”
This is a non-profit organization which has provided accommodation, education, medical care and a host family to vulnerable young people from Latin America and the Caribbean since 2011.
The majority of the young people that arrive at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos have never gone to school and many of them suffer from malnutrition. This organization which aspires to live in a poverty-free world, seeks to help these children develop to their full potential and become leaders who can transform society. Since NPH‘s founding, approximately 20,000 children have been raised with the help of this organization, which now runs shelters for vulnerable kids in nine countries: Mexico, Honduras, Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Peru and Bolivia. Promising young people are offered the chance to learn English and to become role models for the children growing up around them. The organization selects some of those taking part and offers them the chance to be educated in Seattle.
Once they get back home they will become change agents for their communities.