Citizen Diplomacy Network

The Network unites organizations that are committed to advancing purposeful global engagement at a person-to-person level, providing them with a common platform from which to share, participate, and learn in this important community.

Partners of the Americas

Active Areas:

Development, Educational Exchange, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Tourism and Sports, Volunteer Service, Advocacy/Human Rights, Business

Age Groups:

Children (12 years and under), Teens (13 – 17 years), Young Adults (18 – 24 years), Adults, Families, Groups


1424 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005 USA


Phone: (202) 628-3300
[email protected]

Partners of the Americas’ work covers areas as diverse as agricultural, cultural and educational exchange, domestic violence prevention, social inclusion and youth. Each year, the organization’s projects and activities touch the lives of more than 200,000 people in the Western Hemisphere. While much of their endeavors are supported with federal funds, Partners of the Americas’ efforts would not be possible without the generous contributions of individuals, corporations and foundations that recognize the value of strengthening alliances between the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean.

The Partners Network is comprised of volunteers and development professionals who are committed to serving others. Their partnerships are built around the core structure of chapters in countries and states that form north/south partnerships. In addition, Partners of the Americas forms inter-institutional partnerships between northern and southern universities, development agencies and civic organizations.

  • Mission

    Connect people and organizations across borders to serve and to change lives through lasting partnerships.


    Partners envisions an interconnected global neighborhood where people and organizations reach their fullest potential through long-lasting partnerships.

  • Partners of the America has many programs within the following categories:

    Agriculture and Food Security: Partners believes that by empowering farmers, agribusinesses, and rural institutions to improve production, processing, and marketing, they can help address the challenges of food security in their own countries. Partners' programs provide technical assistance and training, help strengthen value chains linkages, promote organizational developments, all while protecting the environment.

    Sport for Development: Partners believes in the power of sport to change lives. Whether using sport as a tool for youth employment, health, social inclusion or for positive youth development, Partners’ programs utilize the power and passion of sport-based activities to help individuals, families, communities and businesses mobilize for good.

    Youth and Children: Partners brings tested methodologies, experienced staff, lessons learned and creative, proactive strategies to the areas of youth development, youth leadership, and children’s rights.

    Climate Change and Environmental Protection: Climate change and environmental protection are global challenges that must be addressed through the broadest, most diverse and inclusive strategies possible. Partners helps connect and engage key stakeholders in the Western Hemisphere, from the smallest communities to the largest governments; from leaders in government to civil society and private enterprise; from emerging youth leaders to committed, long-term volunteers.

    Professional Leadership Exchanges: Partners provides participants with insights into other societies and cultures and nurtures the development of people who have emerged as leaders in government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private businesses.

    Civic Society and Governance: Partners builds programs to increase civil society and citizen participation in local, national, and international processes.

  • Partners of the Americas was founded in 1964 as the people-to-people component of the Alliance for Progress. The idea behind Partners came from a foreign service officer named Jim Boren, who was stationed in Perú, and was searching for a way to institutionalize small projects, such as digging wells in remote communities or fixing battered roads.  Boren often contacted groups in his native Texas to help fund some of the endeavors he oversaw. The Peruvian counterparts would then reciprocate in some fashion. Boren, who was nearing the end of his service, had hoped that people would not merely feel like recipients, but participants, too.  He believed that the foundation of any successful working partnership was not in varied funding sources, but instead, in the people involved. People like people, he thought – and that is timeless.

    Boren’s vision eventually translated into the Partners of the Alliance, which was established as part of the U.S. Agency for International Development. He was part of a staff of five that worked to unite volunteers in U.S. states with their counterparts in countries or regions of Latin America.

    Soon after its founding, Partners of the Alliance shifted to the private sector and changed its name to Partners of the Americas. In the following years, Partners expanded into the Caribbean.

  • Position Opening - Campus Engagement Officer with Partners of the Americas

    Partners of the Americas is seeking a full-time Campus Engagement Officer for the Washington, DC office to support the Partnerships and Programs unit in strengthening the PartnersCampus Student Chapter Network and supporting the development of other strategic initiatives.

    The Campus Engagement Officer for PartnersCampus Student Chapters is responsible for strengthening and growing the Partners of the Americas network through development, management, and implementation of strategic affiliations efforts related primarily to the PartnersCampus Student Chapter Network.  The Campus Engagement Officer for PartnersCampus Student Chapters will work closely with the Senior Strategic Affiliations Officer to support the cultivation and development of new institutional partnerships with Higher Education Institutions and to establish and implement additional network strengthening strategies and ensure alignment and integration of the Student Chapter Network with the broader Partners'

    For more information or to apply for this and other opportunities with Partners of the Americas, please visit:

    Partners' mission is to connect people and organizations across borders to serve and to change lives through lasting partnerships. These partnerships create opportunity, foster understanding, and solve real-life problems.

    Inspired by President Kennedy and founded in 1964 under the Alliance for Progress, Partners is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization with international offices in Washington, DC. Learn more at or via Twitter @partnersamerica.