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Press Release #4

January 20, 2010
Panamanian American Academic Network
Colon, Republic of Panama

SUMMARY OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  1. During Its first year of operation PANAM Network was able to extend financial assistance to some 33 needy students at six elementary schools in the City of Colon and, to three elementary school students in the community of Anton, Republic of Panama. (See included pictures)
  2. At a celebration mass on November 29, 2009 in the City of Colon, a parent extended her gratitude to PANAM Network for the efforts with Sixth grade students, including her child. Because of composition contest initiative and the award celebration, she got to see and learn aspects about her son that she would not have know otherwise. She was proud of her son and urged that the much needed efforts be continued.

First Awards Ceremony
Financial Grant Presentations – June 17, 2009
Elementary Schools City of Colon

Ceremonia y Distribucion de Becas. 17 Jun. 2009
Tres Primeras Escuelas – Colon


HISTORY:

The Panamanian American Academic Network (PANAM Network) was created in 2008 by a group of Afro Panamanians and American professionals residents in both Panama and the United States. Proud of the duality of their Panamanian/ American heritage, they recognized the need for programs of economic and other support to needy segments of the student population in Panama, particularly in the city of Colon. The initiatives by PANAM Network recognize the risks confronted by Panamanian youth, given the proliferation of youth gangs, drugs, crime and violence, especially in the City of Colon.

Panamanians and Americans of good will have provided the necessary resources to launch the academic and other assistance programs designed by PANAM Network. While these resources have been instrumental for launching the various Program initiatives of PANAM Network, this funding strategy is not sustainable in the long term.

Currently, the programs of PANAM Network are geared towards the elementary schools, the administrators and teachers at these schools, and parents that are all integral to the efforts, as well as the parish of St Joseph’s Church in Colon.

PANAM Network strategy seeks to leverage, students, teachers, administrators, parents, the church and Panamanians and Americans in a network to try and make a difference in the lives of some school children currently at risk.

PROGRAMS:

1. Academic Grants: These grants are provided to needy elementary school children with a B+ academic average. This program will be offered to the 10 elementary schools in the City of Colon and consists of six financial grants per school each marking period for students in the first to sixth grades.

  • Three schools in Colon participated in this program during 2008-2009.
  • Three students from the community of Anton were also recipients of these grants.
  • The intent is to be able to receive the necessary funding to be able to extend this program to the remaining seven schools in the City of Colon during the school years 2010-2011.

2. Leadership Composition Contests: Offered to sixth grade students who elect to participate in a composition contests on various topics related to leadership, anti – drug, anti-crime and anti –violence themes. This program is offered to the ten elementary schools in the City of Colon. Three winners will be selected per school annually

  • Six schools participated in this program during 2008-2009. The awards to the winners were granted on November 29, 2009 in the City of Colon at a celebration mass.
  • Plans are to secure the requisite funding to be able to extend the program to the four remaining schools in the City of Colon during the 2010 school year.

3. Pilot Mentoring Program Adult volunteers’ residents of Panama and Colon are recruited to serve as role models and advisors to each of the winners of the Leadership Composition Contest.

  • Mentors and the 15 students winners of the Leadership Composition Contest were united as part of a celebration mass in the City of Colon on November 29, 2009.
  • Plans are to formalize this program during the 2010 school year.

4. Leadership Academy: This program is offered annually to the three winners of the Leadership Composition Contest from each of the participating schools. The purpose of the Leadership Academy is to provide participants with exposure to leadership training in the expectation that these students will aspire and evolve to :

  • Be positive leaders in their schools, and community
  • Reject the allure of being leaders in gangs, or drug pushers, and
  • Avoid being perpetrators of crime and violence.

Emphasis will be given to the opportunities that flow from a solid education foundation for those willing to make the effort. Plans are to hold the Leadership Academy annually for 1-2 weeks at locations outside the City of Colon. It is projected that with the necessary funding this program could be launched at the end of the 2010 school year.

TARGET SERVICES:

  1. Academic Excellence
  2. Panamanian and American Cultural Exposure
  3. Mentoring of Sixth Grade Students
  4. Anti- Drugs and Anti- Crime, anti-violence Training
  5. Life Learning Skills
  6. Technology Competence
  7. Practical English and Mathematics Skills

FOCUS OF CURRENT EFFORTS: City of Colon, Republic of Panama

TARGET POPULATION: Children in the ten Elementary Schools in the City of Colon, Republic of Panama

PROJECTED PROGRAM COSTS:

  1. Program #1 y # 2 = $50,000 (Three Years)
  2. Program # 3 = (In Development)
  3. Program # 4 = $50,000 – $60,000 (Anual)

PROGRAM TIMEFRAMES: Each School Calendar Year

SOURCE OF FUNDING: Donations from Americans and Panamanians Residing in Panama and the United States

CURRENT NEEDS:

  1. Contributions and Donations
  2. Training on Fund Raising
  3. Technical Support
  4. Networking
  5. Laptop/Notebook Computers

Awards Ceremony
Financial Grant Presentations
Community of Anton

Ceremonia y Distribucion de Becas 
Corregimiento de Anton


HISTORIAL:

La Red Académica Panameña Americana (PANAM Network) fue creada en el año 2008 por un grupo de profesionales Afro- Panameños y Americanos, residentes de los Estados Unidos. Con el orgullo de nuestra conjunta herencia y rica cultura Panameña y Americana, hemos reconocido la urgente necesidad de lanzar un esfuerzo para proveer asistencia académica y financiera en áreas de bajos recursos en varias provincias de Panamá. Este esfuerzo reconoce el riesgo a la juventud Panameña dada la proliferación de pandillas, drogas, violencia y crimen en la comunidad y en particular la Ciudad de Colon.

Panameños y Americanos de buena voluntad han proporcionado los recursos necesarios para lanzar los programas de PANAM Network. Mientras que este medio de financiamiento es sostenible a corto plazo, otros medios de financiamiento serán indispensables a largo plazo.

Corrientemente los programas creados por PANAM Network están ligados a las escuelas primarias, el personal administrativo y docente que allí laboran y a los padres de familias que son parte integral de todos los programas; al igual que la Parroquia de San José en la Ciudad de Colon.


Second Awards Ceremony September 27, 2009 
Financial Grant Presentations
Elementary Schools City of Colon

Ceremonia y Segunda Distribucion de Becas. 27 Junio. 2009 
Escuelas Primarias – Colon


HISTORIAL:

La Red Académica Panameña Americana (PANAM Network) fue creada en el año 2008 por un grupo de profesionales Afro- Panameños y Americanos, residentes de los Estados Unidos. Con el orgullo de nuestra conjunta herencia y rica cultura Panameña y Americana, hemos reconocido la urgente necesidad de lanzar un esfuerzo para proveer asistencia académica y financiera en áreas de bajos recursos en varias provincias de Panamá. Este esfuerzo reconoce el riesgo a la juventud Panameña dada la proliferación de pandillas, drogas, violencia y crimen en la comunidad y en particular la Ciudad de Colon.

Panameños y Americanos de buena voluntad han proporcionado los recursos necesarios para lanzar los programas de PANAM Network. Mientras que este medio de financiamiento es sostenible a corto plazo, otros medios de financiamiento serán indispensables a largo plazo.

Corrientemente los programas creados por PANAM Network están ligados a las escuelas primarias, el personal administrativo y docente que allí laboran y a los padres de familias que son parte integral de todos los programas; al igual que la Parroquia de San José en la Ciudad de Colon.

PROGRAMA(S)

1. Becas Académicas: Otorgados a estudiantes de bajos recursos con promedio mínimo de 4.5. Este programa se extiende actualmente a las 10 escuelas primarias en la Ciudad de Colon y consiste en seis becas por bimestre a estudiantes del primero al sexto grado.

  • Tres escuelas en Colon participaron en 2008-2009.
  • Tres estudiantes de la comunidad de Antón participaron en 2009.
  • Se proyecta poder recaudar fondos para añadir las siete escuelas restantes durante los años escolares 2010-2011.

2. Concurso de Liderazgo: Ofrecido a estudiantes de sexto grado para participar en un concurso de composición de varios temas de liderazgo, anti-crimen, anti-drogas. Este programa se extiende actualmente a las 10 escuelas primarias en la Ciudad de Colon en donde serán apremiados anualmente tres estudiantes por escuela.

  • Seis escuelas participaron 2008-2009. Los premios se otorgaron el 29 de noviembre 2009 en Colon.
  • Se proyecta poder recaudar fondos para añadir las cuatro escuelas restantes en Colon durante el año escolar 2010.

3. Programa Piloto de Mentores: Adultos capacitados y residentes de Panamá/Colon que servirán como asesores y modelos a los estudiantes ganadores del concurso de liderazgo.

  • Mentores y los 15 estudiantes ganadores del concurso de liderazgo 2009 se unieron como parte de una misa de celebración en Colon el 29 de noviembre 2009.
  • Se proyecta poder formalizar este programa durante el año escolar 2010

4. Academia de Liderazgo: Ofrecido anualmente a tres ganadores por escuela del concurso de liderazgo en Colon y alumnos participantes de los Estados Unidos. El propósito del programa es capacitar a los estudiantes premiados en los requerimientos necesarios para ser futuros líderes en las escuelas y comunidades y no ser líderes de pandillas, vendedores de drogas, o dedicarse al crimen. Se hará énfasis en la importancia de la educación, y no en los actos previamente indicados como vehículo de avance personal. Este programa de una a dos semanas de duración, se dictará durante los meses de vacaciones de verano en un campo de recreación fuera de la ciudad.

  • Se proyecta implementar un programa piloto al fin del año escolar 2010 y principios del año 2011

Tipos de Servicios:

  1. Excelencia Académica
  2. Cultura Panameña y Americana
  3. Mentores para estudiantes de sexto grado
  4. Anti- Droga y Anti- Crimen
  5. Habilidades de Vida
  6. Habilidades de tecnología
  7. Habilidades de Ingles y Matemática

Área geográfica de implementación: Cuidad de Colon

Población Meta: Estudiantes en la 10 escuelas primarias en la Cuidad de Colon

Monto del Programa:

  1. Programas #1 y # 2 = $50,000 (tres años)
  2. Programa # 3 = (en desarrollo)
  3. Programa # 4 = $50,000 – $60,000 (anual)

Duración: Cada Año escolar

Fuente(s) de Financiamiento: Donaciones de Americanos y Panameños residentes en Panamá y Los Estados Unidos

Necesidades identificadas:

  1. Entrenamiento (Captación de Recursos)
  2. Asistencia Técnica
  3. Fondos
  4. Networking
  5. Computadoras portátiles tipo Laptop/Notebook

Composition Contest – Awards Ceremony 
November 29, 2009
Six Graders City of Colon

Ceremonia y Distribucion de Becas. 17 Jun. 2009
Premiados del Concurso – St. Jose, Colon


PANAM ACADEMIC NETWORK

“The Power to Make a Difference in the Lives of Panamanian Children at Risk“

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