AMIGOS is creating a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. Our participants throughout the Americas gain life experience that empowers and inspires them to drive social change. 

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Dear friends, 

These pictures from my work in Latin America always remind me of the people I’ve met and worked with and the places I’ve found myself during my 31 years with AMIGOS, an international youth leadership development organization. So much of my world view, embrace of the power of teams and commitment to service has been informed, shaped and directed by my investment in this fantastic institution.

AMIGOS gives young people the chance to gain a life experience that is impossible to get in the classroom. Together, US and Latin American program participants train and learn to collaborate and lead projects in areas such as health, environment, youth entrepreneurship, children's rights, creative expression, or sports and fitness. These programs create an opportunity for youth in high school and college to develop character-defining skills in leadership.They learn critical skills in working across cultural boundaries in our increasingly interconnected world.

I believe that more than any other time in our history it is imperative that young people learn to build bridges across cultures, both at home and abroad. It is critical that they learn to think beyond themselves and become active participants in ever improving the world we live in.

I turned 50 years old in June. While I encourage you to consider any meaningful gift to the organization, I’m engaging friends, family and my AMIGOS network to donate $50 each to mark this milestone birthday. Any gift you can provide will ensure that AMIGOS continues to have an impact on he world, as young people are empowered to continue working for others when they return home and throughout their lives.

Thank you for considering a gift to continue the work of AMIGOS..


Russell Langsam
Board of Directors
Alum: Dominican Republic '85 '86, Mexico '87 '88


What is AMIGOS?

AMIGOS is a 501c(3) that was founded in 1965. We are creating a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. We provide extraordinary opportunities for youth participants to design and lead projects in collaboration with partner organizations and community members across the Americas. Our strong partner network built over 50 years of working in the region, enables authentic oportunities for youth to experience community development. 

Here are some examples of how your donation matters:
$50: Provides transportation for a group of local youth to their AMIGOS leadership training site.
$300: Covers transportation for host family training for 5 families. 
$400: Provides seed funding for 1 youth-led community project initiative.
$500: Provides airfare for one AMIGOS team member to Central America for program support. 
$1000: Sponsors a 2-day AMIGOS leadership training for local youth (up to 25).  
$2000: Provides seed fundinng for 5 youth-led community initiatives. 
$3000: Provides 1 financial assistance award to one AMIGOS participant from the U.S. or Latin America.

Kyndaron R donated $50.00
Kyndaron R donated $50.00
Kyndaron R donated $50.00
Grace F donated $50.00
Erika H donated $25.00

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Russell thanks for your dedication to AMIGOS.