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Atlas Corps Host Organizations and Partners include leading organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Below is a list of some of our current and past partners. (Please note: This list is currently being updated and is not a comprehensive list.)


Ashoka: Innovators for the Public (www.ashoka.org) strives to shape a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector-one that allows social entrepreneurs to thrive and enables the world's citizens to think and act as changemakers. Social entrepreneurs are individuals who possess innovative yet practical ideas to bring about far-reaching social change at the regional or global scale. Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka and member of the Atlas Corps Senior Advisory Board, created the term social entrepreneur and founded Ashoka over 25 years ago in 1980. Beginning with the first Ashoka Fellows elected in India in 1981, Ashoka has grown to an association of over 1,800 Fellows in over 70 countries on the world's five main continents. During its first decade in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Central Europe, Ashoka focused exclusively on launching leading social entrepreneurs and helping them succeed. But in the 1990s as the citizen sector evolved and grew, Ashoka responded with a wider range of programs and initiatives to deal with the sector's growing needs. Ashoka grew as well, tripling in size from 1988 to 1990, and again from 1999 to 2002. Today Ashoka is in its third period of rapid growth, electing record numbers of Fellows and expanding its programs in Western Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East. Along with their global network of Fellows, business entrepreneurs, policy makers, investors, academics, and journalists, Ashoka is now working collectively to ensure that social entrepreneurs and their innovations continue to inspire a new generation of local changemakers to create positive social change.

Ashoka's Youth Venture

Ashoka's Youth Venture (www.genv.net) inspires and invests in teams of young people to start their own sustainable ventures that create lasting benefit to their communities. Launched by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Youth Venture is building a movement of young change-makers who are redefining the role they play in society as capable leaders of positive social change by inspiring and investing in young people to start social ventures, and by building a powerful global Youth Venture network. Youth Venture seeks to launch hundreds of thousands of teams of "Venturers" around the world and connect them into a global network. Since 1996, Youth Venture has launched over 650 teams across the US, involving an estimated 16,000 young people as founders, leaders, staff and participants. By fostering a generation of Venturers, Youth Venture will help tip society such that it will become common for young people to take initiative and lead in their communities, ultimately resulting in a dramatically higher number of change-makers in society.

More Information
A 2-minute video about Youth Venture
The Youth Venture Website
The Youth Venture Atlas Corps Fellow Profile

Asian American Lead

Asian American LEAD is the leading community organization that provides educational enrichment and youth development programs to underserved Asian American youth in the Washington D.C. metro area. Asian American LEAD's goal is to provide a nurturing environment and culturally sensitive guidance so that each child they serve will be a contributing member of his or her community. They provide after-school programs, one-on-one mentoring, academic support and life-skills development for students. The programs of Asian American LEAD have helped hundreds of low-income Asian American children and their families stabilize their lives, succeed academically and gain a voice in their community. For more information about Asian American LEAD, please visit: www.aalead.org.

AYUDA (American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad, Inc.)

American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad, Inc. (AYUDA) is U.S. citizen sector organization that provides diabetes education to children and adolescents. Since its establishment in 1996, AYUDA has worked with local diabetes communities to develop and implement sustainable diabetes programs primarily throughout Latin America. Each of its programs unifies diabetes communities through participation in educational, recreational and advocacy programs while simultaneously teaching youth the leadership skills necessary to act as agents of change. To date, AYUDA has organized educational programs in four Latin American countries, while incorporating over 200 volunteers and representatives from diabetes communities in over 20 countries. For more information about AYUDA, please visit: www.ayudainc.net.

Center for Inspired Teaching

The Center for Inspired Teaching was founded in 1995 by Aleta Margolis, a former professor at American University, who decided to act on a "divine dissatisfaction" with the state of teaching and learning. The first Inspired Teaching Institute was launched to fundamentally change the way participating teachers viewed their role in the classroom, altering their practice so it became more student-centered, intellectually challenging and academically successful. Since that time, the Center for Inspired Teaching has worked with over 5,000 educators from nearly every school in the District of Columbia, improving instruction for more than 125,000 students. The Center for Inspired Teaching's overall goal is for every student in our country to have an Inspired Teacher. To learn more about the Center for Inspired Teaching, you can visit their website at www.inspiredteaching.org.


CentroNía (www.centronia.org) is a non-profit community development organization based in Washington, DC that provides early childhood education, before and after school services and comprehensive family support services to working families in DC and suburban Maryland. Services are currently provided at their Columbia Heights headquarters, two satellite sites, and 10 local schools. CentroNía’s mission is to educate children and youth and strengthen families in a bilingual, multicultural community. The organization is strongly committed to the values of social justice, lifelong learning, family health and economic wellness, and community empowerment.

Compass Partners

Compass Partners provides resources, training and a vibrant support network to students with innovative ideas to change the world through business. We offer campus-based social entrepreneurial incubators and training programs that employ creative methods of education and make a deep investment in each student. Our main program, the Compass Fellowship exposes 15 college freshmen at each university to the world of social entrepreneurship through an intensive personal development and social business training program. The Compass Fellowship currently runs at five universities and is now expanding nationally.

Free the Slaves

Founded in 2000, Free the Slaves (www.freetheslaves.net) is a non-profit, non-partisan human rights organization dedicated to ending the enslavement of 27 million women, men and children held against their will and forced to work without pay. In addition to empowering former slaves and their communities to assert their human rights, Free the Slaves produces print and visual media to raise awareness about modern slavery around the world; educates policymakers and holds the U.S. Government to its anti-slavery commitments; works to rid slavery from product supply chains; and conducts social science research into the nature and scope of modern slavery and the most effective responses in combating it.

Georgetown University's One World Youth Project

One World Youth Project is a youth-for-youth powered movement linking schools globally in service learning to prepare the next generation for the globalized 21st Century. In Fall 2009, One World Youth Project expanded its program to the universities, with the first One World hub piloted at Georgetown University in Washington DC. At Georgetown, One World trained a team of undergraduates to be hands-on cross-cultural facilitators in DC public schools, called Project Ambassadors. These Project Ambassadors facilitated meaningful communication between the Columbia Heights Education Campus North-West and Hart Middle School South-East with their partner schools in Guatemala and Kosovo, respectively. Furthermore, the Project Ambassadors guide youth through the One World Youth Project curriculum and a service-learning project in their local community. For more information about One World Youth Project and how to get involved, visit: www.oneworldyouthproject.org.

Global Health Corps

Global Health Corps aims to mobilize a global community of young leaders to build a movement for health equity. GHC believes that a global movement of individuals and organizations fighting for improved health outcomes and access to healthcare for the poor is necessary in order to change the unacceptable status quo of extreme inequity. GHC works to build this movement by recruiting, training, and supporting the movement's future leaders and by diversifying the pool of young people working in global health. GHC provides opportunities for young professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on the frontlines of the fight for global health equity in yearlong fellowships. Our fellows will have a measurable impact on the health of the communities in which they work, and draw upon that experience and the GHC alumni network, to deepen their impact throughout their careers. To learn more about Global Health Corps, please visit http://ghcorps.org.

Grameen Foundation

Grameen Foundation is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1997 by friends of Grameen Bank to help microfinance practitioners and spread the Grameen philosophy worldwide. Grameen Foundation helps the world's poorest, especially women, improve their lives and escape poverty through access to microfinance and technology. Grameen Foundations provides micro-lenders in poor communities access to the capital they need to make microloans to women who are working to develop or expand a small business. In many of the poorest regions in the world, micro business creation is the only way for families to escape poverty and build a better future for their children. Grameen Foundation is building large-scale, easy-to-replicate, sustainable solutions that make a difference in the lives of poor families globally. For more information, please visit: www.grameenfoundation.org.

International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children

The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), founded in 1998 and launched by the U.S.-based National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, works to identify and coordinate a global network of organizations fighting child-sexual exploitation and abduction. Since its founding, ICMEC has grown and provided support, training and expertise to numerous countries, organizations, and law enforcement officers across the world. ICMEC launched the Global Campaign to Combat Child Pornography to raise awareness about and combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation. In April 2003, ICMEC and the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law entered into a formal partnership to focus on bringing about positive changes for the benefit of children and families. To learn more about ICMEC and how to get involved, visit www.icmec.org.


GlobalGiving (www.globalgiving.com) was founded in 2002 by two former World Bank executives who decided to use the Internet to create a highly efficient marketplace. GlobalGiving connects individual and institutional donors directly to social and economic development projects, as well as environmental causes, around the world. The GlobalGiving platform enables more funding to reach projects throughout the globe, and, at the same time, provides a more transparent, engaging way for donors to give. GlobalGiving offers more than 400 high-impact grassroots level projects at any given time in more than 60 countries worldwide. Projects themes range from education and economic development to health and environment.

Global Peace Service Alliance

The Global Peace Service Alliance was formally launched in Kenya following the 2008 festival in Nairobi and will build upon the festival's vision of one family under God through a trifold platform of interfaith peace building, family strengthening, and realization of a global culture of service. The Alliance works in three distinct yet related areas: (1) conflict prevention and peace building; (2) development, including support of the Millennium Development Goals, and (3) clean water. The Alliance empowers youth engagement in volunteerism and interfaith service projects and taps Web 2.0 in promotional efforts and in creating social networks for peace. For more information, please visit www.globalpeaceservice.org.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)

Since 1939 Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has fought tireless to keep America's doors open to those fleeing persecution and seeking opportunity. With a primary focus on refugees, immigrants and their families and children, LIRS has created a wide variety of programs developed specifically to help establish a peaceful and welcoming transition for the three main groups. They work with churches and organizations across the country to create welcoming communities for immigrants and refugees. LIRS foster cultural integration and financial self-sufficiency for those starting over. They are also engaged in finding loving homes for unaccompanied migrant children. LIRS advocates for policies and legislation that uphold the rights and dignity of all newcomers. They are a non-profit organization that serves regardless of race, religion and national origin.


Founded by college students at the University of California, Berkeley in 2002, Mobilize.org is a youth-led all partisan organization dedicated to educating, empowering, and energizing young people to increase their civic engagement and political participation. Mobilize.org shows young people how public policy affects our lives, and conversely, how we can affect public policy. Mobilize.org believes that young people have the untapped ability to amass political power and encourage organizations and institutions to appreciate and earn our participation. Their programs, partnerships, and events are reflective of their belief that young people can have a profound and long-lasting effect on public policy.

Population Action International

Population Action International (PAI) is an independent policy advocacy group working to strengthen political and financial support worldwide for population programs grounded in individual rights. Founded in 1965, PAI is a private, non-profit group and accepts no government funds. PAI fosters the development of U.S. and international policy on urgent population and reproductive health issues through an integrated program of research, advocacy and communications. PAI seeks to make clear the linkages between population, reproductive health, the environment and development. Serving as a bridge between the academic and policymaking communities, PAI disseminates strategic, action-oriented research publications; participates in and sponsors conferences, meetings and seminars; and works to educate and inform policymakers and international colleagues in related fields. For more information, please visit: www.populationaction.org

PVBLIC Foundation

PVBLIC Foundation is an in-kind grant making organization that harnesses the power of unused media assets to drive social change. PVBLIC aggregates media then gives strategic grants of media space to key non-profit organizations at the local, national and global levels. Aggregated media space includes online banner ads, billboards, bus shelters, magazine pages and more and is utilized to increase awareness around important causes and empower organizations to create campaigns with a measurable impact. For more information, please visit: www.pvblic.org

Service for Peace

Service For Peace is an independent nonprofit organization providing service and learning opportunities through community projects, which promote transformational and sustainable personal and community development around the world. Service For Peace began in 2002 when 300 international youth volunteers from across the United States, participated in a summer program that involved a total of 40,000 hours of service and, according to the Washington Post, saved the District $400,000. This program later evolved into SFP Summer of Service, one of the many programs offered by Service for Peace today. Service for Peace brings together people and partners of diverse faiths, ethnicities, nationalities, generations, and cultures to address profound social needs by discovering commonality and genuine appreciation for differences - all through service. For more information about Service for Peace, please visit http://serviceforpeace.org.


Service For Peace is an independent nonprofit organization providing service and learning opportunities through community projects, which promote transformational and sustainable personal and community development around the world. Service For Peace began in 2002 when 300 international youth volunteers from across the United States, participated in a summer program that involved a total of 40,000 hours of service and, according to the Washington Post, saved the District $400,000. This program later evolved into SFP Summer of Service, one of the many programs offered by Service for Peace today. Service for Peace brings together people and partners of diverse faiths, ethnicities, nationalities, generations, and cultures to address profound social needs by discovering commonality and genuine appreciation for differences - all through service. For more information about Service for Peace, please visit http://serviceforpeace.org.


Think Impact (www.thinkimpact.org) is a national nonprofit that empowers young people to improve health and education in neglected regions of the world. ThinkImpact was founded by Saul Garlick in Denver, Colorado in 2001 after a coffee-table conversation with friends about the state of education and the lack of student voices in the shaping of public policy and the national agenda. It has since grown to be a national organization endorsed by The Nelson Mandela Foundation with an esteemed Board of Advisors including Ambassadors, academics and business leaders. ThinkImpact connects American college students and recent graduates with rural villages in Africa, providing a unique opportunity to begin a long-term commitment to global development and social entrepreneurship. Through ThinkImpact's Global Development Internships and Fellowships, young Americans are given the opportunity to work on alleviating poverty through a sustained commitment to social innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship. For more information on ThinkImpact, please visit www.thinkimpact.org.

U.S. Peace Corps

Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America's most precious resource - its people. Peace Corps Volunteers serve in 77 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Collaborating with local community members, Volunteers work in areas like education, youth outreach and community development, the environment, and information technology. Coming from all walks of life and representing the rich diversity of the American people, volunteers range in age from college students to retirees. From teaching English to children in Zambia to launching a computer-learning center in Moldova to promoting HIV/AIDS awareness in South Africa, volunteers bring their skills to where they are needed most. For more information on the Peace Corps and how to get involved, visit www.peacecorps.gov.

U.S. International Council on Disabilities

The United States International Council on Disabilities (USIDC) is a federation of US-based non-governmental organizations, federal agencies and individuals committed to advocacy and action on behalf of the global disability rights agenda. Because of its unique structure, USICD's core strength is its membership. Through its vast network of disabled people's organizations and other NGO stakeholders, government members and individual advocates, USICD has the advocacy reach to impact critical emerging issues both in the United States and internationally. The purpose of USIDC is to catalyze and help focus the energy, expertise and resources of the US disability community and government to optimize their impact on improving the lives and circumstances of people with disabilities worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.usidc.org

World Resources Institute

Launched in 1982, the World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org) is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people's lives. Today's environmental challenges are complex and global in nature. They call for visionary and ambitious action grounded in sound science and objective analysis-the kind of action that has distinguished WRI for over 25 years. The mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth's environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. WRI has four program areas: climate protection, governance, markets & enterprise, and people & ecosystems. WRIs first Atlas Corps Fellow was Monica Hernandez from Ecuador in 2010.

Youth Service America

Youth Service America (www.ysa.org) is a resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people, ages 5-25, to serve locally, nationally, and globally. Founded in 1986, YSA's mission is to expand the impact of the youth service movement with communities, schools, corporations, and governments. YSA envisions a global culture of engaged youth who are committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership and achievement. One of YSA's most important activities is National & Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) which is the largest service event in the world. GYSD mobilizes youth to address the needs of their communities through service while also educating the public, media, and policymakers about their year-round contributions. Together with a consortium of international organizations, and more than 100 National Coordinating Committees, Global Youth Service Day has grown from 27 participating countries since its inception in 2000 to more than 115 countries in 2006.

Partners in India:

Atlas Corps is developing a strong network of partners in India. Here are just a few of the organizations we are working with here:

Compartamos con Colombia

Compartamos con Colombia is a non profit that provides professional services to other Colombian non profits, aiming to improve their management and impact levels, increase the flow of international donations into the country, create awareness of the importance of corporate social responsibility among young entrepreneurs, and facilitate and structure profitable social investment projects.

Conexión Colombia

Conexión Colombia is a successful international initiative that seeks to unite Colombians all around the world, as well as country friends, by:

-Providing useful and interesting information for Colombians abroad, so that they can stay in touch with their homeland, while offering a common space to comment, share their thoughts, and make their inquiries online.

-Channeling donations in kind, money, and time for nearly thirty non-profit organizations that have been carefully selected for their capacity, know-how and efficient use of resources. These organizations work for thousands of vulnerable people in different regions of Colombia, and are permanently monitored by Conexión Colombia to ensure transparency and adequate use of the received donations.

Fundación Saldarriaga Concha (FSC)

FSC is a non profit organization that seeks to foster a more fair and caring social development in Colombia, by promoting the practice of values that favor and facilitate a healthy and peaceful coexistence, by providing health and education opportunities to specific population groups, by means of integral rehabilitation. FSC’s mission is to support financially, technically and managerially other non for profits devoted to social adaptation, integral formation rehabilitation for the disabled and elderly wellness, in order to contribute to the strengthening of the rehabilitation sector.


Colombianitos was created with one purpose: to make the difference. Its love for the Colombian children and conviction that the future of a country lies in the hands of the little ones, has led us to create integrated education proposals, recreational and rehabilitation programs for all those children whose life is lived among bullets, crimes, drugs and shortage. Colombianitos presence aims to reduce their pain, to make their existence more bearable, and to put a smile on their faces.

Colombianitos main objective is to reduce the devastating consequences of violence and terrorism on the lives of Colombia's most valuable asset: its children. Colombianitos devotes all its knowledge and effort to offer Colombian children education, recreation, rehabilitation, thus supplying basic needs for the most impoverished.

Oxfam UK

Oxfam is a global movement of people working with others to overcome poverty and suffering. To have the biggest possible impact on the lives of poor people worldwide, Oxfam concentrates on three interlinked areas of work: emergency response, development work, and campaigning for change. Oxfam believes that everyone has a right to a life worth living, and to the basic things that make one possible. This belief shapes everything they do. In Colombia, Oxfam's focus is on sustainable livelihoods, assisting those affected by armed conflict, and reducing the impact of natural disasters. For more information on Oxfam UK and its work, please visit www.oxfam.org.uk

Current Fellows

Class #8: March 2012
Adam Christopher Tibe
Anna Ayvazyan
Asja Kratovic
Joyeta Goswami
Mikang Longjan

Elizabeth Murphy
Karina Navas
Luis Rejano

Class #7: September 2011
Bolatito Oluwayemisi Ogunbiyi
Cristina Andoni
Demetrio Spinola Guirao
Diana Flórez Melo
Esther Kelechi Agbarakwe
Eva Kemigisa Baguma
Gastón Pierri Gonsebatt
Hina Mushtaq
Hira Tanveer
Ibrahim Mothana
Ihsan Karayazi
Jane Wanjiku Kiiru
Jonathas Freire Barreto
Kay Kim
Mohammed Seifeldin Abdalla
Oladele Olagundoye
Patrick Henry Asinero
Renata Chilvarquer

Class #7: September 2011 Colombia
Aubrey Patino
Benjamin Russell
Elisa Lopez
Isabel Quiroz

Class #6: March 2011
Washington, DC
Andrés Martínez García (Colombia)
Anna Kolesnichenko (Russia)
Becky (Rebecca) Nerima (Uganda)
Blanca Peña (Mexico)
Carolina Escobar (Colombia)
Daniela Tort (Mexico)
Foluke Adetola Ogunyemi (Nigeria)
Gbenga Ogunjimi (Nigeria)
Innocent Onah (Nigeria)
Lillian Sowande (Nigeria)
May Kosba (Egypt)
Mirette S Bahgat (Egypt)
Sally Salem (Egypt)
Sudeshna Mukherjee (India)
Takawira Kapikinyu (Zimbabwe)
Yaw Adu-Gyamfi (Ghana)

New York City
Alexandru Vasilcenco (Moldova)
Melat Tekletsadik (Ethiopia)
Windy Previl (Haiti)
Consuelo Lobato (Spain)

Class #5: September 2010
Washington, DC
Alejandro Bonilla (Mexico)
Duygu Guven Soyer (Turkey)
Katya Garcia (Mexico)
Phillip Mlanda (Zimbabwe)
Samah Mansur (Egypt)
Sherzodbek Sharipov (Uzbekistan)
Tom Balemesa (Uganda)
Varun Sood (India)
Yonas Endalamaw Asfaw (Ethiopia)

Bogota, Colombia
Lacey Ruben (USA)

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