The U.S.-Mexico Foundation operates programs both independently and in partnership with other organizations to fulfill its mission of strengthening education and civic leadership in Mexico and developing deeper understanding, cooperation and solidarity between the two countries.
Strengthening Education and Civic Leadership
USMF programs and partnerships focus on improving educational opportunities for Mexicans and on strengthening civic leadership amongst the country’s youth. In 2015 implemented in Mexico the international mentorship program “1,000 Girls-1,000 Futures” which pairs high school girls who aspire to careers in the critical areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with women who’ve succeeded in these fields and who can guide and inspire them to do the same. Based on the learnings from this program, the USMF redesigned the program for the 2016-2017 cycle, tailoring it to the Mexican reality and renaming it "Mujeres en STEM, Futuras Líderes". The redesigned program is truly unique and was built by the USMF with a binational mindset specifically for Mexican students from underserved communities. For the 2017-2018 cycle, the USMF has secured a collaboration with the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes in order to expand the program to the States of Oaxaca, Tamaulipas, Baja California Sur, Estado de México, Querétaro, Chihuahua, Tlaxcala and Quintana Roo in addition to Puebla, Sonora and Nuevo León.
Developing Cooperation and Understanding
The U.S.-Mexico Foundation’s programs and partnerships work to connect and engage people in Mexico and the United States with each other to develop stronger binational ties and encourage deeper understanding between the two countries. The USMF conducts binational advocacy on issues of relevance for the bilateral relation, such as the fate of returned migrants in Mexico, through conferences and events in both countries. The "Dreamers Without Borders" program brings U.S.citizens with Mexican origin and DACA Dreamers to Mexic to reconnect with their roots, learn about the country, and meet returned Dreamers living in Mexico, creating new ties amongst a key population that can become a bridge for greater cooperation between the two countries. Also through the "USMF Binational Leaders Network" which is an English Mentoring program, that, firstly, seeks to promote learning of English among Mexican youth from low-income backgrounds, and secondly, foster a better understanding of Mexican culture among U.S. citizens of Mexican origin and DACA Dreamers.
At the intersection of education and binational collaboration
Other partnerships lie at the intersection of strengthening education in Mexico and developing deeper binational ties. For example, the “Classroom without Borders” program, now in its second year after a successful USMF-funded pilot in 2014, brings together Teach for America corps members and Profesionales de Enseña por México during 2 week exchange trips to each others’ countries, allowing these young teachers to compare strategies and learn from each other.