Launched five new Action Forums of YPO/WPO business leaders:
- Children's Health Forum in Developing Countries
- Education for the Disadvantaged (ED)
- Village Partnership Action Forum
- JEMS Forums of Jewish and Muslim Women
- Corporate Social Responsibility Forum
- Brought together religious leaders from various regions to discuss areas of common ground through PAN's American-Arab Action Forum. Eight prominent religious leaders and 14 business leaders from the US and Arab countries attended.
- Created a model program to engage YPO and WPO youth in making a difference through
- Launched a business internship exchange program for promising leaders from Arab countries, Israel and US in collaboration with Seeds of Peace. Brought university students from Palestine, Egypt and Israel to Washington D.C. for business internships at YPO/WPO member companies in summer 2006.
Two new Action Forums were launched, including one focusing on issues of women and children's health in the developing world, and one on the environment.
March 17-21, 2006
Global Youth Microcredit Fund Initiative:
PAN has created a model program to engage YPO and WPO youth in making a difference through microlending. High school students create microcredit clubs at their schools. These clubs raise money, educate people about microcredit, develop examples of how microcredit makes a difference, and disseminate that information throughout the school and community. Youth learn about lending and credit while gaining awareness of the challenges facing the poor. They also develop an understanding of how market economies work and learn about the values and customs of different cultures. Facilitating exports or promoting better business practices can complement microcredit, and students may import and sell artisan products in their schools and/or through an e-commerce craft store.
A site visit to Guatemala was held from March 17-21, 2006. Students collaborated with HELPS on a program related to fuel efficient stoves. Participants visited 10 families and assisted them by installing a stove. They also identified products to import. The group is now working with Genesis Empesarial to enable people to borrow money and pay back loans with their savings.
Bridging the Gap in US-Arab Relations: Developing an Action Plan for Religious and Business Leaders: In January 2006, PAN's American-Arab Action Forum (AAAF) brought together a small group of influential and open-minded religious leaders from various regions to discuss areas of common ground. Eight prominent religious leaders and 14 business leaders from the US and Arab countries attended this very productive event. Several strong and measurable actions were catalyzed. Insights were shared with religious leaders' spheres of influence, including the thousands of members of various mosques, churches and synagogues represented in the forum.