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THE HOUSTON CHAPTER IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2017
CLICK APPLY BELOW! 

(UPDATE: The Houston Chapter is no longer accepting applications for this summer but you can still apply through the National Office–click apply below or contact Lauren Kelley at lkelley@amigosinternational.org or 713-782-5290 Ext 114)


AMIGOS is a leader in international youth development, creating a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. We provide extraordinary opportunities for youth to design and lead projects in collaboration with US and Latin American peers and partner organizations across the Americas. Our strong partner network, built over 50 years, enables authentic engagements in communities across the region.

The AMIGOS Houston Chapter recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS participants and their families from the greater Houston area. Our chapter accepts participants September through December of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of January through May, Houston Chapter participants will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.

 

WHO ARE WE?

2014-2016 Students attend these Houston high schools and colleges:

*Awty International*Bellaire*Carnegie Vanguard*Chinquapin Preparatory*Cinco Ranch*Clear Creek*Cristo Rey*Cypress Creek*Cypress Falls*East Early College*Eastwood Academy*Elkins*Elsik*Energized for STEM Academy*Friendswood*Harmony Schools*HSPVA*KIPP Schools*Lamar*Memorial*Debakey Health Professions*Rice University*School of the Woods*Seven Lakes*St. Agnes*St.John’s*St. Thomas*Strake Jesuit*The John Cooper School*Kinkaid*The Village School*Woodlands College Park*Xavier Academy*YES Prep Schools*

If you would like an Amigos recruiting coordinator or past participant to host a presentation overview of Amigos, please let us know!

We are always looking for AMIGOS participants for the upcoming summer, please tell your friends and neighbors about AMIGOS! (UPDATE: The Houston Chapter is no longer accepting applications for this summer but you can still apply through the National Office–click apply below or contact Lauren Kelley at lkelley@amigosinternational.org or 713-782-5290 Ext 114)

 

HOW CAN I HELP?

Randalls Food Market is in partnership with the Houston Chapter of Amigos de las Americas through its Good Neighbor Program. You can designate the organization by linking our account number (#1447) to your Remarkable Card. To do this, simply ask a cashier how to do it (you may be referred to the Courtesy Booth). It’s fast and easy, and just a one-time effort that will pay continuous dividends to our chapter.

Shopping on Amazon? Use this Amazon Smile link and a portion of each purchase will go back to AMIGOS Houston Chapter!

Calendar

 

Welcome Home Dinner

Southside Club House, 3743 Garnet St. 77005

Sunday, August 20th 3-5pm

 

 

TRAINING CALENDAR – All training meetings are located at Southside Club House, 3743 Garnet St. 77005 (except for the Brazos Bend overnight retreat in February)

Sunday, January 22nd
2-5:30 PM
Training Meeting #1

Sunday, February 5 (Feb 5th training has been canceled and replaced with Feb 12 training)
2-5:30 PM
Training Meeting #2

Sunday, February 12
2-5:30 PM at First Congregational Church, 10840 Beinhorn Rd 77024
Training Meeting #2

March 4th-5th
8 AM Saturday – 11 AM Sunday
Overnight Retreat #3, #4
Brazos Bend State Park

Saturday, April 1st
All day
Training Meeting #5

Sunday, April 30th
2-5:30 PM
Training Meeting #6

Sunday, June 4th
3:00 PM
CBIP Showcase/Ticket Party #7

Parent Meetings

Monday, February 20 – Health and Safety
6:30 PM refreshments, 7:00 PM meeting
West University Community Center, 6104 Auden St. 77005

Tuesday, April 11 – Getting Ready for Summer
6:30 PM refreshments, 7:00 PM meeting
West University Community Center, 6104 Auden St. 77005

Sunday, June 4 – Final Briefing/CBIP Showcase/Ticket Party
3:00 PM
Southside Club House, 3743 Garnet St. 77005

FUND YOUR TRIP

The cost of supporting an AMIGOS participant in Latin America is significant. Houston Chapter covers these costs through a combination of letter writing and a family fee contribution. We chose these activities to maximize our ability to provide the AMIGOS experience to all participants without regard to family financial circumstances. All participants are required to fully take part in each fundraising activity as fundraising skills are an important component of AMIGOS training program and raise awareness of AMIGOS programs in the community. Participants receive considerable help with regard to fundraising strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will definitely build important skills!

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each participant is required to send out 125 letters to family, friends, and other personal contacts, to request individual tax-deductible donations (the revenue from this effort is pooled). Letters are written by the participant with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process. Materials are given out in December and the letters are due at the first training meeting in January.

FAMILY FEE $3,300

(payment plan options available)

Application fee $100 (non-refundable and not included as part of the family fee)

Group fundraising participation required

THE PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES:

  • Chapter training materials and workshops
  • Round-Trip International Airfare
  • Secondary short-term international medical insurance
  • Program excursions and trainings
  • Food, lodging, and transportation in Latin America
  • Supplies for community project and extracurricular activities
  • 24-hour emergency support system

THE PROGRAM FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Immunizations and pre-travel medical examinations
  • Passport/visa fees

Due Dates and Payment Options:

  • Participants will pay the participation fee beginning December 15, and the entire amount must be paid by April 15.
  • This can be paid online or by mail, and payments can be spread out over 5 equal monthly payments. You may also pay 50% at a time or all at once at the beginning.
  • Our attached handout lays out all of the options in a job-aid type format. Questions? Contact chapter treasurer Ron Vlaskamp at treasurer@amigos-houston.org

FINANCIAL AID

AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of participants from diverse backgrounds. AMIGOS provides needs-based financial assistance with distribution determined by family income, number of dependents and special financial circumstances. We provide amounts of $500-$2,800 to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Financial assistance applications are due at the time of your interview. Please contact houston@amigosinternational.org for additional information. In addition, participants who are returning for an additional summer receive a $365 discount.

Financial aid applications due at your interview

Training

The transformative AMIGOS experience starts before leaving home.

With 50 years of experience preparing young people for travel and service abroad, AMIGOS training offers unparalleled global youth leadership development. Pre-departure training equips participants with the critical thinking, communication skills, and technical knowledge they need to make a meaningful impact across cultures while staying healthy and safe. The Houston Chapter AMIGOS training is youth-led, experiential learning that prepares participants for their AMIGOS experience, builds a community of youth and families with shared values, and develops life-skills to help participants succeed beyond AMIGOS. Training sessions are facilitated by the trainers, Tania d’Souza and Kristina Dickman.

SERVICE LEARNING

The Houston Chapter incorporates service learning into the AMIGOS training to add depth and first-hand experience to the curriculum. Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM INCLUDE:
  • Unparalleled leadership development
  • Cross-cultural awareness and understanding
  • Hands-on training for technical aspects of the program
  • Extensive health and safety training
  • Opportunities to practice Spanish
  • Creating a community of young people with shared values
THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR TRAINING ACTIVITIES INCLUDES:
  • Monthly meetings Sunday afternoons 2:00 to 5:30
  • One overnight retreat
  • Service learning component
  • Supplemental Spanish activities
  • Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer

Leadership

Board of Directors

Tania De Souza
Co-President
President@amigos-houston.org
Lydia Brantley
Co-President
President@amigos-houston.org
Jarrod Ford
Secretary
jarrodcford@gmail.com
Ron Vlaskamp
Treasurer
Treasurer@amigos-houston.org
Andrew Green
Vice President
andytgreen@gmail.com
Chris Colucci Reuben
Parent Coordinator
Parent-Coordinator@amigos-houston.org
Kenneth Schneider
Fundraising Coordinator
Fundraising@amigos-houston.org
Connie Rodriguez
Diversity/Outreach
crod2010@att.net
Tom Brombacher
Hospitality Coordinator
tom.brombacher@gmail.com
Michael Brombacher
Webmaster
mike@resideresidentialtx.com
Fadel Ruiz
Financial Aid
ruizfm@hotmail.com
Ann Crowley
Chapter Office
houston@amigosinternational.org
Amaya Bremauntz
Recruiting
amayabremauntz@gmail.com
Shannon Martin
At Large
shannon.martin4588@gmail.com
Paula Bottecelli
At Large
emailplb@gmail.com
LeeAnne Dilabio
At Large
ldilabio@yahoo.com
Nick Schacht
At large
nickschacht@verizon.net
Matt Werner
President Emeritus
mwerner@chiltoncapital.com

Training Team Members

Tania d’Souza
Trainer
Training@amigos-houston.org
Kristina Dickman
Trainer
Training@amigos-houston.org

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