Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 6, November-December

Agriculture in the Americas: Innovate or Fail
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Ministers of Agriculture of the Americas met recently in San Jose, Costa Rica and confirmed their commitment to innovation as the way to meet the enormous challenges facing the world--challenges like food security and climate...
Americas' Youth: A Reflection of Ourselves and a Glimpse into the Future
Earlier this summer I was invited to address a youth assembly hosted by an international organization based here in Washington DC. As ] walked into the auditorium of a few hundred students, I couldn't help but notice the diversity in the faces that stood...
An Opportunity to Serve: What Motivates Young Professionals to Work outside of Their Country for $100 a Month?
Volunteers with America Solidaria are professionals who give a year of service somewhere in the Americas. Their experience is a unique one, in human, professional, and cultural terms. Over the last decade, a total of 310 young people between the ages...
Armando Paz: Caring Is the Only Option
Central American countries today are experiencing increasing levels of crime and violence, a difficult situation that is related to a number of factors, including drug trafficking. Unfortunately, in the past decade, more young people have joined gangs...
A Shared Commitment to Democracy
New Ink 2011--an Americas-sponsored contest that invited collaboration from young writers in OAS member countries--concluded successfully in July. Ninety-seven writers from fifteen different countries participated, and the winners were: Third Place:...
CAF Hosts Young Leaders Meeting
A select group of 40 young leaders from Latin America--from sectors related to politics, academics, labor, business, student affairs, and the media--debated with each other at an event called "The Future of Latin America: The Vision of Young Leaders,"...
Coqui Calderon: A Pantheistic View of Nature: Panamanian Painter and Patron of the Arts, Coqui Calderon Explores the Relationship of Feminine Figures with Nature While Expressing Her Own Personal Experiences
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There's no longer any question that women have made an important contribution to the world of painting in Latin America. From Frida Kahlo's power of expression to Marta Minujin's bold creations, women have...
Costa Rica: Culture Creates Opportunities for Young People
"The Inter-American Year of Culture celebrates the diverse cultures of the Americas and promotes the central role that culture plays in economic, social, and human development in all communities" Since i970, Costa Rica has been successfully connecting...
Disability and Inclusion: Breaking Down Barriers
High up in the auditorium, dozens of hands fluttered in semicircular motions, a sign-language message to Katherine Alvarado, 20, and Mario Jimenez, 18, that their project "Breaking the Barriers of Indifference" had won the Peace Challenge contest of...
Editorial
As I write these words, I am picturing in my mind's eye the many young men and women I have met in so many places throughout the Americas, and I am thinking about the great satisfaction I feel when I see young people in key decision-making positions,...
Managing Anger and Resolving Conflicts in Schools
The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Special Multilateral Fund of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (FEMCIDI), funded a project in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis entitled, "Anger Management and Conflict Resolution...
OAS Welcomes UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti
UNESCO special envoy for HAITI, Michaelle Jean, spoke to the OAS Permanent Council and encouraged member countries to join forces to "build bridges, activate cooperation agencies, and facilitate investment in the Americas in order to rebuild Haiti."...
Open Schools: Strengthening Students in Guatemala
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In Guatemala, a presidential program called Open Schools (Escuelas abiertas) is one of the most important efforts in the country thus far to prevent violence, provide some factors of protection to youth, and encourage the constructive...
Saving the Moai: Scientists Are Working to Reconstruct and Restore the Massive Monoliths of Easter Island in Effort to Preserve These World Monuments
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The giant stone heads on the island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile, have captured the imagination of countless explorers, dreamers, and scientists. Hundreds of monoliths of solid volcanic rock provide...
Suchitoto + Stratford: Setting the Stage
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the town of Suchitoto, an hour and a half north of San Salvador, Es Artes is using theater to revitalize the community. Es Artes, a Canadian and Salvadoran Project, is developing a year-round theater with homegrown talent on...
Supporting Positive Youth Development in the Americas
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Carefully folding paper into shapes with his feet, Victor Pereira creates origami and considers what his next painting will look like. Victor, one of six children from a household in the favelas, or slums, of Rio de Janeiro, was...
Tenth Anniversary of the Inter-American Democratic Charter
In September, the OAS and the government of Chile sponsored an event to commemorate the Tenth Anniversary of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, which was signed in Lima, Peru on September 11, 2001 and is now considered the "primary inter-American...
The New Media and Youth in the Americas
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With freedom of expression and the press deteriorating in parts of Latin America, some of the region's leaders might be wise to note what's happened half a world away in the Middle East. There, entrenched regimes have been toppled...
The Vision of Young Entrepreneurs
What kind of vision do we need for the world and for the American continent? How can we guarantee economic development and make sure people have access to basic needs, while working at the same time to counteract social problems like crime and discrimination?...
Towards Inclusive Regional Development with New Youth Leadership
It's not easy to be a young person today especially if you are a young person in Latin America. But youth today are the protagonists of far-reaching political, social, and culture changes, and they are demonstrating that youth is more than just a word;...
Un Techo Para Mi Pais[R]: Youth Building a Latin-America without Poverty
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We young people have a lot of hopes and aspirations and we sometimes get called "idealists" and "dreamers," but it's the dreamers who end up changing the great injustices of the world and creating peace in times of war. That's...
Youth Orchestra of the Americas: Comprised of 100 Gifted Young Musicians, Ages 18-30, the YOA Orchestra of the Americas Teaches Artistic Excellence and Inspires Its Members to Create Their Own Music Education Programs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Founded in 2001 by New England Conservatory and Vision, Inc., the YOA Orchestra of the Americas (YOA) was inspired by the National System of Youth and Children's Orchestras of Venezuela, which was created by Jose Antonio Abreu...
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