Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (Our younger brothers) forms leaders from communities in risk of exclusion
Every year 6 young people travel to the United States to learn the language and to acquire labor and leadership skills
The leadership project of “The Seattle Institute”, run by the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) organization, with the collaboration of Fundación MAPFRE, invests in the development of six NPH college students every year.
This program organizes for the students to travel to Seattle and live with local families for 6 months where they take part in leadership courses. In Seattle they study English full-time and live with host families for a complete cultural immersion experience. The students also attend leadership seminars, meet mentors, visit companies and perform community work so that, once they are back in their own countries, they are better prepared and can offer the talent to their community.
At the weekends the students take part in retreats and workshops organized by ILEAP, a non-profit organization that “creates more social justice and equity in the world and lifts up and sustains the community-based leaders who are the center of social change”.
The students are supported and encouraged at all times by the program coordinator, the intergenerational mentors and the community members concerned with their growth.
Founded in 1954, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos provides a family to orphaned and abandoned children living in extreme poverty. Over 3,400 children live in NPH homes in nine countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.