Throughout Latin America there is an extensive network of Binational Centers, each one sponsored by natives of that Latin American country and U.S. Citizens living in that Latin American city. They are legally registered as Non-Profit Civil Associations, with the main purpose of fostering relations with the United States. Every two years, these BNCs hold the ABLA Conference (Association of Binational Centers of Latin America) in different Latin American hosting countries.
BNCs in Latin America teach English as a second language to people of all ages, and exert a strong presence in the communities by also hosting many cultural and social activities. Many of these activities are in coordination with the American Embassies in each country.
Participating Binational Centers cooperate with LatinSuccess by selecting the recipient for the Leaders of the Americas Program. BNCs also assist participating students with Tourist Visa obtainment, fundraising to cover local expenses and full process documentation.
The Leaders of America Program is perfectly aligned with the mission and social responsibility of the Binational Centers. The program also:
1. Creates more incentive for prospective students to learn English.
2. Encourages alumni to return to BNCs to participate in new programs beyond English teaching.
3. Increases BNC's presence in local and international media.
4. Enables the BNCs to:
. Create student leadership programs which emphasize realization of inner potential and complement the current curriculum of English as a second language.
. Promote the creation of student and alumni forums and discussion groups to encourage networking and discussions of experiences during their visit to the United States.
. Encourage civil organizations and Latin American corporations to get involved and contribute financially to assist with local costs of pre-selected students to participate in the Leaders of the Americas Program in the United States and Latin America.
5. Generate new sources of revenue to supplement their income from English teaching.
6. Rely on LatinSuccess to serve as a facilitator between the Latin American civil society and various sectors of the American society which would be willing to promote visits and training programs for Latin American students in the United States.
7. Add themes to the ABLA Conferences to showcase the experiences of the Latin American students whom participated in the Leaders of the Americas Program, as well as making their achievements known to the public through the media of each specific country.
8. Organize national and international forums and webinars aimed to promote the Leaders of the Americas Program and encourage the training of young professional as leaders in society.
9. Dictate workshops and seminars for training of instructors for personal growth and development of human potential programs.