The leadership project of “The Seattle Institute”, which runs the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) organization, and is backed by 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 host families for 6 months where they take part in leadership courses.
At the weekends the students take part in retreats and workshops organized by ILEAP, a non-profit organization that exists to “create more social justice and equity in the world and lift up and sustain the community-based leaders who are the center of social change”.
In addition, these 6 students are trained in a local community college: intensive English, job shadowing and service activities. They also help out with NPH's fundraising efforts and hone their public speaking skills.
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.