New York, NY: May 31, 2012 - A Congolese youth advocate. A Zambian disease prevention expert. And a Mongolian quilter and business woman who teaches impoverished women how to quilt for a living.
On May 31, these humanitarian leaders and community activists are joined by sixteen others - from nine countries worldwide - at New York's 92nd Street Y for three weeks of intensive nonprofit management training. They are all participating in the twelfth annual Ford Motor Company International Fellowship of 92nd Street Y (www.92y.org/ford), a program developed by 92Y and generously underwritten by Ford Motor Company Fund. Since its inception, the program has welcomed 253 fellows from 65 countries; for a world map of alumni, visit http://bit.ly/AfZ7CT.
This year's group of 19 Fellows, selected from among 300 applicants, hail from Bolivia, DR Congo, Ecuador, Haiti, India, Israel, Mongolia, Peru and Zambia. While in New York, they live in 92Y’s residence, and become part of the diverse community at New York’s premier Jewish community and cultural center.
Throughout the three-week program, fellows take graduate-level nonprofit management courses at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. They also meet with leaders from businesses and nonprofits, including: God's Love We Deliver (the Fellows will deliver meals to New Yorkers in need); the Doe Fund; Ford Motor Company; Jewish Community Relations Council; United Nations Democracy Fund; Grameen America (Mohammed Yunus' microfinance organization); and Baker & McKenzie law firm.
Fellows also visit New York's diverse neighborhoods, do a special tour of Manhattan with DialogNYC (in which blind-folded Fellows will be led around Manhattan by blind New Yorkers) meet community leaders, and visit Ford's headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.
All the while, Fellows are able to forge their own unique community with opportunities for cultural exchange and discussion of personal experiences, challenges and successes.
Alison Gardy, Director of International Relations at 92nd Street Y, says, “In today’s inter-connected world, survival depends on being able to communicate who you are and what you do to very different audiences. It’s not enough for community leaders to do great work, they also need to build relationships with people outside their usual circles – other NGO and business leaders, government officials, academics and potential donors from all over the world. Alumni tell us that this program provides them with exactly the kind of skills and access they need.”
“As a global enterprise, Ford Motor Company Fund is proud to foster community development and partnership in countries across the globe,” says Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “The Ford Fellows participating in this program are truly making a difference in the world.”
For biographies of all of the 2012 Ford Fellows, their schedule of activities, or for a complete list of past fellows and/or participating countries, please contact Andrew Sherman, 212.415.5693, firstname.lastname@example.org or Beverly Greenfield, 212.415.5452, email@example.com.
About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. For more than 60 years, Ford Motor Company Fund has operated with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through national programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and dealers work on projects each year that better their communities in more than 40 countries. For more information, visit www.community.ford.com.
About 92nd Street Y
92nd Street Y is a world-class nonprofit community and cultural center that connects people at every stage of life to the worlds of education, the arts, health and wellness, and Jewish life. A proudly Jewish organization since its founding in 1874, 92Y embraces its heritage and enthusiastically welcomes people of all backgrounds and perspectives. 92Y is an open door to extraordinary worlds. For more information, visit www.92Y.org.