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Date:  7/7/2016 
Promoting social development is a key aspect of the United States’ comprehensive approach to partnerships in the Western Hemisphere. One facet of achieving regional stability and long-term prosperity in the global economy depends on equipping youth with the skills they need to compete in a 21st century workforce. Research has shown that one of the best ways to prevent youth from falling prey to gang and criminal activity is to have active engagement in school, work, or other activities. Another aspect of reaching this goal is ensuring that all Western Hemisphere citizens have sufficient opportunities and freedom to achieve self-sufficiency. Progress comes not by holding down any segment of society, but by ensuring that everyone has the tools to succeed from access to health care to job readiness.


The United States, in conjunction with private sector and civil society, is advancing access to quality education to help achieve development and prosperity which will result in increased social inclusion and poverty reduction. We are providing students, scholars, and teachers with access to exchange and language acquisition programs and advising services to facilitate participation in international education.

“There was …complete agreement in recognizing that the right to education without
discrimination and equitable access to a quality education are essential to the effort to
achieve integral development, eradicating poverty and inequality. We have therefore
proposed increasing the coverage of our education systems and strengthening higher
technical education, together with creating programs and new employment
opportunities, in collaboration with the private sector, for the at-risk youth of our
hemisphere.” (Closing statement at the conclusion of the Seventh Summit of the
Americas, President Juan Carlos Varela)

“To promote agreements for academic and scientific exchanges and the transfer of
knowledge and technologies in order to impact the education sector, with a view to
contributing to education and training processes to the fullest possible extent of
respective national capacities.” (Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation
in the Americas, 2015 Mandates for Action; Education, 5)

Educational Exchanges

President Obama launched the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative to underscore the critical relationship between broader educational opportunity and greater regional prosperity.
Expanding study abroad opportunities for students, our future leaders and innovators, strengthens bi-national relations and better prepares young people for the 21st century global workforce. To date, a total of $9 million in commitments has been secured from the private sector, foundations, USG, and non-USG sources to support the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund (100K Innovation Fund), which is the mechanism that supports the President’s signature education initiative to increase student mobility within the Western Hemisphere to 100,000 students annually by 2020.
To date, fourteen private companies, foundations, the Department of State, and the governments of Argentina, Colombia, and Puerto Rico, have made commitments to the 100K Innovation Fund, which has supported nine Innovation Fund grant competitions, resulting in 70 Innovation Fund grants awarded to teams from 153 universities in 19 Western Hemisphere countries. Up to 16 future Innovation Fund grant competitions are funded through 2018.
The Innovation Fund network now includes more than 1,500 higher education institution members, creating hemisphere-wide capacity building programs and best practices to increase student mobility to/from the Americas.
Private sector contributors to the 100K Innovation Fund include Santander, ExxonMobil Foundation, Coca-Cola Foundation, CAF Development Bank, Ford Foundation, SEMPRA Energy, Freeport-McMoRan, and Televisa Foundation. Other contributors to the 100K
Innovation Fund include CAMPUS Puerto Rico (Commonwealth of Puerto Rico); SENA and ICETEX (both of which are part of the government of Colombia); and INET (part of the Ministry of Education in Argentina).
The U.S. Department of State has sent more than 2,000 students, scholars, and teachers annually to participate in exchange programs such as Fulbright, Gilman, Global UGRAD Exchange, Study of the U.S. Institutes, and the Community College Initiative. The Department continues to invest in more than 125 EducationUSA advising centers throughout the region to reach approximately 1 million people each year to promote U.S. higher education and study in the
United States. Outreach is carried out through in-person and online advising, study abroad fairs, Opportunity Funds, EducationUSA Academy, and EducationUSA Leadership Institutes.
Additionally, the private sector has donated $2 million for educational exchanges. USAID’s new $35 million regional higher education and workforce development program includes in-country scholarships for study at local tertiary-level technical training institutions in the target countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and Jamaica. A small number of scholarships will also be offered for a six-month exchange to a U.S. institution in select fields of study.
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Date:  7/7/2016 

President Obama’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows
Program expands the leadership and experience of entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders through fellowships in cities throughout the United States, placing business and social entrepreneurs in start-ups, small businesses, non-governmental organizations, and similar entities. The pilot program, which took place in the first quarter of 2016, brought 24 entrepreneurs from 20 countries for programs in Miami, Charlotte, Seattle, Denver and Washington, DC, for meetings with business leaders, U.S. entrepreneurs, government leaders, and NGOs. Building upon that success, the second and larger iteration of YLAI is currently in the recruitment phase. YLAI will bring 250 young business and social entrepreneurs from 28 countries in the region to the United States for five weeks, during which time fellows will participate in a month-long individualized mentorship with counterpart businesses or civil society organizations in one of 18 U.S. cities. In addition, there is also a YLAI network that will leverage the interest in the program into long term relationships with the future leaders of the region.

Additional fellowships and scholarships include English Access Microscholarships, Martin Luther King Fellows, and College Horizons Outreach Programs, reaching about 6,500 students in their local communities. The United States launched 250 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships beginning in FY15 for students to study Western Hemisphere languages, as well as 15 Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language grants.

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Date:  6/2/2014 
100,000 Strong in the Americas
- President Obama launched 100,000 Strong in the Americas in March 2011 and reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to increasing educational exchanges between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean at the 2012 Summit of the Americas. The goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas is to achieve 100,000 educational exchanges annually between the United States and other Western Hemisphere countries, in each direction, by 2020.
- In support of 100,000 Strong in the Americas, the United States established the Innovation Fund, a capacity-building program to expand collaboration between higher education institutions, with Partners of the Americas and NAFSA Association of International Educators. The Innovation Fund has awarded 22 university grants, with plans for two additional grant rounds in 2014. The Fund’s first capacity-building workshop for Latin American university officials will take place in May 2014. To further facilitate an increase in student exchanges, the United States created the Innovation Network, which currently includes 740 higher education institutions and continues to grow.
- 100,000 Strong is on target to meet its goals. In the 2011-2012 academic year, the number of U.S. students studying in Latin America and the Caribbean went up 12 percent to 44,677. The number of Latin American and Caribbean students studying in the United States went up four percent in 2012-2013 academic year to 66,864, reversing a trend of declining numbers in previous years.
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Date:  6/15/2010 

• The President announced that 1500 students from marginalized groups would receive scholarships to learn English in our
binationals centers, and 1300 students would receive scholarships to study in the United States over the next five years through
the Scholarships for Education and Economic Development (SEED) program.
• Programs are in place to achieve both of these goals. In 2009, SEED provided 270 scholarships to participants from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. SEED will provide at least 250 new scholarships per

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