Colleagues International hosted its annual summer potluck picnic on August 4th, 2016, celebrating our fabulous local volunteers, global diversity and the citizen diplomacy that defines our mission.

Community Policing: Mexico

Kalamazoo — A delegation of law enforcement officials from Mexico visited the United States and spent July 13-16th, 2016 in Kalamazoo through the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Energy Security through Deregulation and Energy Efficiency: Republic of Korea

IMG_20160711_125533Republic of Korea delegates will meet with and tour Southwest Michigan First, Encorp, the Office for Sustainability at WMU, the Palisades Nuclear Plant among others. Discussions will focus on supplier and utility perspectives on energy deregulation, the role of the business community in advancing clean energy, and university campuses as hubs for energy efficiency. One of their hospitality events included clean energy transportation as seen in the photo

Youth Mentoring, Development and After-school Programs: Gabon

Delegates met with local educators, sports directors, and NGOs.  Discussions focused on engaging girls through athletic programs; youth program management through instrumental community partnerships; promoting community service through afterschool programs; community support and educational programs for at-risk youth; and cross-cultural and bi-lingual education. Professional meetings included Girls On The Run; the WIRE program of the Walker Institute at WMU; Boys and Girls Clubs, KYDNet’s monthly meeting of youth organizations; as well as Jeter’s Leaders.

Environmental Education: Russia

Kalamazoo — 4 Russian leaders participating in the Open World Program spent June 4th through June 12th, 2016, in southwest Michigan examining Environmental Education.

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