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3rd US Mentor 16 Pages Updated Feb 4

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GREAT LAKES CONSORTIUMfor International Training andDevelopment (GLC) — 
GLC is acollaborative effort of the BowlingGreen State University, LourdesUniversity, The University of Toledo, and WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc - Contract Agent and Manager. Establishedin 1999.
Dr. Elizabeth Balint
Project Manager
Barbara Dennis, Viktoriya Maryamova
Program Coordinators
GLC Toledo Office
P.O. Box 352424Toledo, OH 43635Phone: 419-725-0440Cell: 419-973-8007Email:
 Website:www.GLC-Teachdemocracy.orgwww.gl-consortium.orgFind us on
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of the Educational andCultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges, Professional Fellows Division
The Great Lakes Consortium
 – throughWSOS Community Action Commission,Inc. – as Contract Agent and Manager – received a grant for a two-way exchangebetween September 2011 and May 2013from the U.S. Department of State forthe “Citizen Legislative Advocacy inMinority Communities”.
The overall goal of this exchange
is toprovide a professional developmentopportunity for up-and-coming and mid-level professionals to gain knowledge of U.S. practices in engaging citizens andcommunity leaders in collaboration toinform changes in legislation that makea difference in minority communities(including Roma, disabled, homeless,immigrant populations) and strengthendemocracy.
In 2012 two delegations with a total of 16 fellows in each from Bulgaria, Hun- gary, Romania and Slovakia
visited theU.S. from March 26 – May 5, 2012 andfrom October 1-November 10, 2012.They were exposed to diverse commu-nity organizing methods how to engagecitizens as active participants in solvingproblems in their own communities.European fellows participated in theU.S. in group seminars, round-tablediscussions, site visits, and hadinteractions community organizers andleaders.
 A 3-week internship
withmentoring, multicultural events, andparticipation in volunteer activities aswell as in the Professional FellowsCongress in Washington, D.C. were alsoincluded in the 6-week professionalfellows program. Participants didprepare a 6-9 month individual andgroup Action Plan for follow onactivities. They had opportunities toexperience the American family life andthe diversity in the U.S. through stayingwith American host families duringtheir internship in many states andcommunities across the U.S. Theygained hands-on experience at bothpublic and civil society institutions inthe U.S. and a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture and people.
The first delegation of nine U.S. Mentorstraveled
for a reciprocal visit to Europebetween July 8-29, 2012, the 2nd U.S.Mentors group travelled to Europe fromNovember 24-December 15, 2012.
 Athird U.S. Mentor group with 8 partici- pants will travel to Europe
from January25-February 15, 2013. The U.S.participants of this exchange will havean opportunity to share professionalexpertise and gain a deeper under-standing of the societies, cultures andpeople of other countries. They willparticipate in workshops, seminarsorganized by the alumni of this programand contribute with presentations,discussions and mentoring. They willalso visit public and civil societyorganizations working with the alumniin implementing projects in minoritycommunities and provide them on-siteconsultations. We hope that communityorganizing will start and will havesuccess stories in many communities in2013.This citizen civic exchange will promotemutual understanding, create long-termprofessional ties, enhance the collabo-ration between GLC and its overseaspartners: CEGA in Bulgaria, Civil Col-lege Foundation in Hungary, CeRe inRomania and Center for CommunityOrganizing in Slovakia as well as manyU.S. and European partner organiza-tions. Thank you very much for yourassistance and support!
“Citizen Legislative Advocacy in Minority Communities”U.S. Mentors Delegation Visit in EuropeJanuary 25 — February 15, 2013
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of the Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges, Professional Fellows Division
“Citizen Legislative Advocacy in Minority Communities”
3rd US Mentors Delegation visiting Bulgaria, Hungary,Romania and Slovakia, January 25 - February 15, 2013
Ramon Perez Toledo, Ohio Michael Tierney Charleston, West Virginia Christine Doby Flint, Michigan Genevieve Lysen Lewiston, Maine Kayla Mason Detroit, Michigan Rachel Ramirez Chicago, Illinois Jade Souza Portland, Oregon Hannah Gelder Chicago, Illinois 
Michael Tierney
Charleston, West Virginia
Michael Tierney founded Stepby Step, Inc in 1988. He has helpedcreate community education anddevelopment programs for overthree decades with a particular em-phasis on working with youth, par-ents and marginalized rural andinner city communities to have asay in the decisions that affect theirlives.Previously, in 1980 Mr. Tierneyfounded the Mosaic communitystudies program at South BostonHigh, with which students pro-duced oral history, photographyand autobiographical writing an-thologies that served as curriculumand community media to cross theracial and community divide of postdesegregation Boston Schools.Mr. Tierney’s international workincludes (1) producing a local his-tory magazine with youth in Aber-deen Scotland in 1981, (2) workingwith street children to create adocumentary photographic portraitof their lives in Cali, Colombia in1982, (3) working in Nicaraguahis family have hosted scores of fullyear and summer National Servicevolunteers and college interns andover 700 spring break volunteers attheir 125 acre homestead on BigUgly Creek.Mr. Tierney graduated fromHarvard, summa cum laude, with aspecial concentration that focusedin the interplay of family, schoolsand work in American lives. He hashis M.A. degree in History from theBrandeis University at Waltham,Massachusetts (nine miles west of Boston).While in Europe, Mr. Tierney iseager to explore community devel-opment topics with communitypartners, include: (1) CommunityCenter Development; (2) Commu-nity Support for Children fromBirth to Adulthood; and (3) Com-munity Storytelling Traditions(including photo stories, Commu-nity Theater, oral history and com-munity arts.)Mr. Tierney personal interestsinclude faithbased communities,collecting and promoting children’sliterature, documentary photogra-phy, land trusts and stewardshipand songwriting.through Witness for Peace in 1986,and in Habitat for Humanity in1988, (4) conducting internationalexchanges with activists in Brazil,South Africa, and Zimbabwe as aKellogg International LeadershipProgram (KILP) fellow during 1995-1998. Also Mr. Tierney has creatednon-profit management and servicelearning coursework at severalWest Virginia colleges and wastwice cited for excellence in under-graduate teaching as an Assistantto Dr. Robert Coles at HarvardUniversity.Mr. Tierney volunteered withthe Catholic Worker movement inNew York and Boston during 1977-1987, which inspired the creation of the Family Worker Farm commu-nity in 1988, through which he and
Step by Step
works with some of West Virginia’s most economicallychallenged and geographically, so-cially and politically isolated commu-nities to create systems to supporttheir children from early childhoodthrough the transition to independ-ent adulthood. A typical West Vir-ginia Dreamers site includes K-8 af-ter school and summer enrichmentprograms, parent and youth leader-ship efforts, collaborations with hun-dred early childhood and jobs train-ing programs, and a “Dream Team”of local stakeholders committed tosustaining consistent and ongoingsupport for children and families.Current sites include the Big UglyCommunity Center, which Step byStep helped found in 1995, the innercity Charleston housing project,South Park, and the coalfields com-sponsor for the Banska Bystrica/Charleston, WV Sister City Alliance.Its numerous arts and culture ini-tiatives include story anthologies onsexual abuse, growing up in fostercare, and growing up with a disabil-ity, a 200 page anthology of oral his-tories, songs and quilt blocks pub-lished as Patchwork Dreams in 2008,the creative reuse and recycling vis-ual arts program Re Art, and RockCamp 4 Girls Appalachia. , It’s origi-nal musical theater production,Bridge of Dreams, grew from Step byStep’s designation as the sole WVsite for the Artists and Communities: America Creates for the Millenniuminitiative The organization’s youthleadership programs have been rec-ognized by the WV Martin LutherKing Holiday Commission and fea-tured on WV Public Radio.munities of Harts, Omar and Man/Buffalo Creek.In keeping with its youth advo-cacy roots, the organization has alsosupported the first statewide antibullying effort, Bully Free WV since2008. The WV Dreamers VISTA Col-laborative places 20 National Servicemembers with partner nonprofits tosupport dropout prevention, healthcare access, and community develop-ment efforts, including facilitatingthe WV Community Center SupportNetwork.Step by Step has also served asthe incubator for other nonprofit andcommunity education programs in-cluding a county family resource net-work, an early childhood center, astatewide family leadership initia-tive, and a regional family literacyprogram It is currently the fiscal
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