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Date:  6/2/2014 
Education Partnership for At-Risk Youth
- The Education Partnership for At-Risk Youth initiative, launched at the 2009 Summit of the Americas, promotes public-private partnerships that expand education and employment opportunities for at-risk youth in Latin American and Caribbean countries that have high levels of inequality, significant youth unemployment, and an active and engaged private sector and civil society.
- During the initial phase of the initiative, the United States implemented three regional public-private partnership pilots established via the International Youth Foundation’s (IYF) Obra program, based in sub-regional hubs in Jamaica, Guatemala, and Peru. The United States provided seven Obra innovation grants to promising or existing youth-focused public-private partnerships in those three countries, providing 1,500 youth received life skills and employment training. The United States mobilized an additional $3.5 million in commitments from private sector partners within the three countries to support at-risk youth. The Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE) program reached 600 youth in Jamaica.
- With lessons learned from Obra, the United States and its partners expanded the successful A Ganar Alliance. The A Ganar program started as a four-country pilot in Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and was expanded to include four additional countries: Dominica, Suriname, Guatemala, and Honduras. A Ganar now covers 16 countries in the region through support from the U.S. government and Inter-American Development Bank. U.S. government support to A Ganar Alliance has provided life skills and technical training to 3,600 youth since 2009, and will reach an additional 2,400 at-risk youth by 2015.

Investing in Young People
- The United States invests in education and vocational training programs designed and administered by local community members and parents to help their young people develop the skills they need to become leaders, find employment and launch enterprises that contribute to the local economy.
- Nearly 20 percent of active Inter-American Foundation (IAF) grants in 2009-2013 were dedicated to working with marginalized or at-risk youth, and 25 percent of IAF grant funds during this period were committed to education or training initiatives, for a total of $19.6 million. Youth aged 18 years or younger make up about one-third of beneficiaries from U.S. government grants through the IAF.
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Date:  6/2/2014 
Inter-American Social Protection Network (IASPN)
- The Inter-American Social Protection Network (IASPN) facilitates cooperation among governments, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and experts from across the region to share best practices on implementing innovative anti-poverty programs.
- In support of IASPN, the United States implemented a series of grants to the Organization of American States (OAS) to support bilateral and trilateral technical assistance on social protection programming involving ten countries, including seven IASPN international conferences and workshops, as well as the creation of two social protection certification programs. The grants also supported the creation of the bilingual IASPN Knowledge Portal (, where social protection practitioners can share information on social protection programs. The United States and OAS are also working to catalyze public-private partnerships for financial inclusion.
- The United States is also supporting civil society organizations’ efforts to improve delivery of and access to community social protection programs in Ecuador, Guatemala, Jamaica, and Peru.
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Date:  6/2/2014 
Initiatives to Combat Child Labor and Forced Labor
- Since 2009, the U.S. government has provided nearly $68 million for multiple projects to address the worst forms of child labor, including among highly vulnerable indigenous and Afro-descendant children in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Paraguay. In Ecuador, initiatives have also focused on the relationship between child labor and disabilities.
- In 2012 and 2013, the United States provided $6 million to consolidate and disseminate efforts to combat forced labor in Brazil and Peru, and to share lessons between the two countries.
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Date:  6/15/2010 
Inter-American Social Protection Network (IASPN)

• President Obama announced his support for the Inter-American Social Protection Network, which includes sharing best practices
on the development of conditional cash transfer programs.
• Secretary of State Clinton joined then-President Bachelet of Chile, President Uribe of Colombia, New York City Mayor Bloomberg
and the heads of the OAS and IDB to successfully launch the IASPN in New York City on September 2, 2009.
• The United States awarded a grant to the OAS to implement activities of the IASPN including maintaining the website that was
lanched in March 2010, providing virtual training tools, and facilitating training workshops.
• The United States and Chile signed a memorandum of understanding on development cooperation, which includes enhancing
social protection networks.
• The United States provides bilateral assistance that supports social protection programs in ten countries in the region, including
more than $10 million in support of social protection programs in Central America.

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