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Days of Engagement

In an effort to meaningfully connect Members, partners, and other key stakeholders to the issues discussed during Concordia event, we have introduced Concordia Days of Engagement. These experiential learning excursions highlight public-private partnerships in action. The activity-oriented format offers participants an engaging platform to network and visualize their individual role in achieving social impact. 

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2017 CONCORDIA ANNUAL SUMMIT IN NEW YORK CITY: Americares

Concordia is pleased to partner with Americares at the 2017 Concordia Annual Summit to bring a special, inclusive Day of Engagement to the Summit community. Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that responds to people affected by poverty or disaster with life-changing medicine, medical supplies, and health programs. For nearly 40 years, the organization has responded rapidly to the needs of local partners and their communities in more than 90 countries around the world. Through this Day of Engagement partnership, the Concordia Community will assemble emergency response first aid kits to help Americares prepare for its next deployment, while learning from Americares field officers about how partnerships contribute to their success at home and overseas. 

2017 CONCORDIA annual SUMMIT IN new york city: Fortune Society

Focused on the issue of criminal justice reform, this Day of Engagement takes place at the Fortune Society, a non-profit social service and advocacy organization whose mission is to promote alternatives to incarceration, and support individuals as they reenter society. Finding gainful employment is one of the chief obstacles faced by the formerly incarcerated. The Fortune Society provides employment services to equip this community with the skills necessary to obtain employment and thrive in the workplace. Through Job Readiness workshops, participants are taught how to network, excel in interviews, answer difficult conviction questions, and create a resume and cover letter.

Concordia Members will conduct a mock Job Readiness workshop with Fortune Society clients. Participants will also learn about the Fortune Society’s innovative partnership with Bloomberg LP, through which the private sector helps address systemic challenges facing a marginalized community.

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CONCORDIA Europe SUMMIT IN athens

Concordia Members enjoyed two engagement opportunities during the Concordia Europe Summit in Athens. Each one touched on issues related to the refugee crisis, economic opportunity, and youth engagement. The first was a guided tour of Athen’s Partnership, a non-profit organization that supports poverty alleviation, improved health, access to education, and community development in the City of Athens by leveraging the resources and know-how of both the public and private sectors. Members then visited a facility operated by HOME Project to meet a group of unaccompanied refugee children from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan residing in Greece. After hearing their stories of escape and recovery, the entire group prepared and shared a meal together.  Both HOME Project and the Athens Partnership demonstrated innovative collaborations that engage local governments, non-profits, and the private sector to address systemic challenges facing at-risk communities. 

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Concordia americas summit in bogoTÀ

 

The day following the Summit, participants had the opportunity to see firsthand how art, culture, and the environment are all interwoven into the Colombian peace process, connecting real partnerships back to the Summit conversations from the day earlier. Tackling issues related to peace and stability, conservation, and youth engagement, Conservation International Colombia has partnered with local communities and nonprofits to restore the once violence-prone and environmentally degraded Chingaza-Sumapaz-Guerrero corridor to its original natural beauty. CI Colombia believes that investing in the country’s biodiversity connects inhabitants to their country, with positive outcomes for the peace process. Participants had the opportunity to learn about partnerships to improve market access for small shareholder farmers, walk along the Las Delicias ravine, and enjoy a presentation on coffee sustainability by Koffie Tapp.