Profile of the first delegation visiting U.S. -19 fellows from Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia

The first delegation with a total of 19 fellows from Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia visit the U.S. from April 1 – May 11, 2013 to participate in group seminars, round-table discussions, site visits, and will have interactions with United States leaders. A tailored 3-week internship with mentoring, multicultural events, and participation in volunteer activities as well as in the Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, D.C. will be also included in the 6-week professional fellows program.

Participants will prepare a 6-9 month individual and group Action Plan for follow on activities. They have various opportunities to experience the American family life and the diversity in the U.S. through staying with American host families during their internship in Little Rock (Arkansas), Chicago (Illinois), Boston (Massachusetts), St. Louis (Missouri), Manchester (New Hampshire), Raleigh (North Carolina), Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Charlottesville (Virginia), Seattle (Washington).

A second European delegation is expected in the U.S. from September 30 – November 9, 2013.

The Out-Bound component will include at least two American mentors’ teams to travel to Europe (between June 2013 and March 2014) for up to 21 days to provide joint workshops with the alumni and on-site consultation and fieldwork, and conduct wider outreach programs.

U.S. and foreign participants will be involved in alumni activities through an alumni social network in each country. We will also establish an online network for continued learning. This program is a collaboration between GLC and its overseas partners: CEGA in Bulgaria, Civil College Foundation in Hungary, CeRe in Romania and Center for Community Organizing in Slovakia as well as the European Community Organizing Network (ECON) and many U.S. partner organizations involved in the joint program and the tailored internship, and follow up mentoring activities.

Building Grassroots Democracy in Minority Communities is a project of Great Lakes Consortium – through WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. – as Contract Agent and Manager – granted for a two-way exchange between September 2012 and August 2014 from the U.S.
Department of State.


Testimony from the 1st EU Delegation traveled to U.S.A
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Testimony from the 1st U.S. Mentors traveled to Europe

Testimony from the 2nd EU Delegation traveled to U.S.A.

Testimony from the 2nd U.S. Mentors traveled to Europe

Testimony from the 3rd U.S. Mentors traveled to Europe

3rd US Mentors Visit

Testimonies of the 3rd U.S. Mentor visit in Europe

3rd US Mentors VisitBetween January 25  – February 15, 2013 the delegation of 8 U.S. Mentors (U.S. organizations: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), Step by Step (SS), Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (CSMT), Harriet Tubman Center (HTC), Maine People’s Alliance (MPA), Lakeview Action Coalition (LAC), One Village Council (OVC), and Poverty Initiative) gathered in Budapest to participate in 3-week trip in Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia in smaller groups.

They spent time interacting with local leaders and alumni friends, learning about the political, economic and cultural environment in each country, and participated in workshops, round table discussions and presentations, consulting, etc. They all contributed to the great success of this exchange program.

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US Mentors

A third U.S. mentor group in Europe

US MentorsA third U.S. Mentor group with 8 participants will travel to Europe from January 25-February 15, 2013. The U.S. participants of this exchange will have an opportunity to share professional expertise and gain a deeper understanding of the societies, cultures and people of other countries.

They will participate in workshops, seminars organized by the alumni of this program and contribute with presentations, discussions and mentoring.

They will also visit public and civil society organizations working with the alumni in implementing projects in minority communities and provide them on-site consultations.

We hope that community organizing will start and will have success stories in many communities in 2013.


2nd In Bound Delegation

2nd In Bound Newsletter Europe

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2nd In Bound Newsletter Action

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2nd In Bound Newsletter PF Congress

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2nd In Bound Newsletter Volunteering

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1st In Bound Delegation

1st In Bound Newsletter – Participants

1st In Bound Newsletter – Direct Action

1st In Bound Newsletter – Professional Fellowship Congress

1st In Bound Newsletter – Volunteering


2nd US delegation’s testimony

USmentorsBetween November 24 – December 15, 2012 the delegation of 5 U.S. Mentors (U.S. organizations: Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative (MVOC), Community Voices Heard (CVH), Sunflower Community Action (SCA), Harriet Tubman Center (HTC), ACCESS/National Network for Arab American Communities) participate in 3-weeks trip in Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania or Bulgaria. They all contributed a lot to the success of the program in every country.

They spent the time with learning about the political, economical, cultural environment in each, and contributed to successful workshops, presentations, small group discussions, consulting etc. and strengthen the friendship and collaboration with 16 alumni and have workshop and interview meetings with candidates of the delegation for the next program.

For Delegation feedback testimony see below: