USMF's event hosted by Amb. Roberta Jacobson
On November 30th, Ambassador Roberta Jacobson, United States Ambassador to Mexico, hosted a reception at her residence in Mexico City to celebrate the achievements of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation (USMF).
The Ambassador acknowledged, in particular, the impact and scope of the programs operated by the Foundation, pointing them out as unique and binational programs that foster understanding and collaboration among youth and leaders from Mexico and the United States.
The purpose of the event was also to welcome José Villarreal, as the USMF’s new Chairman of the Board, and to celebrate the addition of several businessmen and social leaders as new members of the USMF’s Board of Directors.
Rebeca Vargas, President & CEO of the USMF, shared with the guests an overview of the recent evolution of the USMF. Rebeca explained that the organization has evolved from dedicating itself mainly to grant-giving to local NGOs in Mexico to additionally operating bi-national programs. The programs designed and managed by the USMF are focused on promoting binational understanding and collaboration while empowering Mexican youth on both sides of the border. The USMF’s grant-giving portfolio and proprietary programs look to : a) Reconnect the Mexican-American diaspora with its country of origin, b) Promote Mexico’s citizen participation, c) Empower Mexican youth through the focus on STEM, and d) Encourage English language learning.
Rebeca spoke about the satisfaction of experiencing first-hand the impact that the USMF’s programs have in their participants. She spoke about Dreamers Without Borders a study abroad and service learning program that seeks to reconnect U.S. citizens and DACA Dreamers of Mexican origin with Mexico. “Participants acquire a renewed sense of pride in their Mexican heritage and return to the US as ambassadors of good faith for Mexico”. Rebeca also spoke emotionally about the profound transformation and empowerment experienced by the young Mexican women who participate in Mujeres En STEM, Futuras Lideres as well as the happiness of witnessing the reunification of the students with their parents and relatives who live in the USA. Finally, Rebeca also spoke about the USMF Binational Leaders Network, emphasizing the commitment and efforts of the USMF to reconnect the Mexican-American diaspora of the USA with Mexicans in a practical way through this network, from which several binational initiatives have emerged, promoted by the members of the network themselves, in collaboration with the USMF. Among those initiatives, Rebeca highlighted a mentoring program in English that allows young Mexicans to improve their knowledge of the English language while providing an opportunity for their American mentors to learn more about Mexico.
The event was attended by USMF’s partners and board members, public officials, social leaders, and business executives.