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You're Invited! | Meet the Atlanta YLAI Fellows | Who's Coming to Town? | Envoy Event at the Hawks Game | International Dining Experience | Dinner Hospitality Opportunities | Bowling League of Nations Highlights | ACIR Luncheon | Other Events and Hosting Opportunities | More From Last Month
You're Invited! Members Only and YLAI Welcome Reception
You're Invited! Members Only and YLAI Welcome Reception
Please join us for an exclusive reception to welcome ten (10) young business and social entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean who will be visiting Atlanta to participate in a four-week fellowship through the U.S. Department of State's Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program. We are also delighted to extend a warm GCIV welcome at the reception to the YLAI Fellows' U.S. counterparts from relevant businesses and start-ups, non-governmental organizations, and similar entities in Atlanta who have generously volunteered to serve as Fellowship Hosts.

When: Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

RSVP: Suzy Blough at suzy@gciv.org or phone: 404-832-5560 x17

This is a free event, but you must be a current GCIV member and RSVP to attend. Space is limited. RSVPs are confirmed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Not a member? Unsure about your membership status? Please contact Suzy Blough at suzy@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP and to join or renew an expired membership. We will register you for the Members Only Reception at that time.
Meet the Atlanta YLAI Professional
Fellows Team!
Jonathan Castro
Jonathan Castro
Deborah Chavarria
Deborah Chavarria
Rosario Diaz Garavito
Rosario Diaz Garavito
Diego Olivero
Diego Olivero
Julio Cesar Regis
Julio Cesar Regis
Mariela Sporn
Mariela Sporn
Renee Stewart
Renee Stewart
Oscar Tadeo
Oscar Tadeo
Tishon Thomas
Tishon Thomas
Jorge Waidele
Jorge Waidele
GCIV is delighted to welcome 10 extraordinary business and social entrepreneurs to Atlanta for the first cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program. YLAI Fellows are between the ages of 21 and 35 and have proven experience with an entrepreneurial venture. Competition for the YLAI Fellowship was extremely impressive; more than 3,800 applications were received and carefully evaluated for only 250 fellowship spots. 35 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are represented in fall 2016, including the following which the 10 YLAI Fellows selected for Atlanta represent: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Venezuela.

In April 2015, President Obama launched the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) to expand opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and innovative civil society activists in Latin America and the Caribbean. YLAI helps address the opportunity gap for young people, especially women, by empowering entrepreneurs and civil society leaders with the training, tools, networks, and resources they need to transform their societies and contribute more fully to economic development and prosperity, security, human rights, and good governance in the Western Hemisphere.

YLAI is hosted by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by Meridian International Center. As one of only 21 City Hubs throughout the U.S. selected for this prestigious program, GCIV has enjoyed the opportunity to arrange accommodations, cultural activities, logistics, and most importantly, month-long local fellowship placements, that closely align to the ventures that our YLAI Fellows have established in their home countries. Our sincerest thanks to these outstanding Georgia businesses and civic society organizations who will be serving as YLAI Fellowship Hosts from October 11 - November 3: Alliance Fund Management, Dress for Success, Elev8 Hire Solutions, Edevate, Finders Keepers, Object 9, Stephen Evans Furniture, WonderRoot, XSI Expertly Simplified IT Maintenance, and YELLS (Youth Empowerment through Learning, Leading, and Serving).

Please join us in welcoming the YLAI Fellows to Atlanta at our Members Only Reception on October 18 (see above), our Envoy Event to the Hawks Game, and October's International Dining Experience. For more information about GCIV, the YLAI Program or any of these events, please contact Suzy Blough at (404) 832-5560 x17, or suzy@gciv.org.
Who's Coming to Town?
October 4 – 8
Focus: Government Decentralization

October 8 - November 7
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Venezuela
Focus: Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows - Entrepreneur in Residence

October 9 –12
South Africa
Focus: Global Health Security
Envoy Event at the Hawks Game!
Envoy Event at the Hawks Game!
Come out and enjoy a Hawks preseason basketball game against the Detroit Pistons with our fabulous Atlanta YLAI Fellows!

Thursday, October 13 at *6:30 PM

*We will be meeting at the Regency Suites Hotel (where the YLAI Fellows are residing) and heading to Philips Arena via MARTA for the game, which begins at 7:30.

975 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 876-5003

GCIV Members $16 / Non-Members $20
Combo ticket includes a $10 voucher credit to use for concession or for the gift shop.

Click below to pay online and reserve your spot by Tuesday, October 11. Reservations are required!

Please contact Suzy at (404) 832-5560 x17 or at suzy@gciv.org if you have any questions!
Dine with YLAI Fellows
Dine with YLAI Fellows
Join us to celebrate Oktoberfest with the Atlanta YLAI Professional Fellows!

October's International Dining Experience is Thursday, October 27th at 6:30 PM at Der Biergarten, 300 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313.

We are hosting 10 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Venezuela! Their program focuses on expanding opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and innovative civil society activists in Latin America and the Caribbean, and we invite you to join us to dine with them!

The price is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. This includes a delicious traditional Oktoberfest German dinner, a non-alcoholic beverage, desert, tax, and gratuity.

Click below to pay online and to reserve your spot by Tuesday, October 25. Reservations are required!

Please contact Suzy Blough at suzy@gciv.org or phone (404) 832-5560 x17 should you have any questions or be in need of additional information.
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
We're extremely proud of the GCIV Home Hospitality program. One of the most influential parts of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the opportunity for these emerging leaders to be invited into an American home for dinner and conversation. While coming to Georgia to meet their peers builds professional contacts, Home Hospitality builds friendship.

After experiencing Home Hospitality, our visitors return to their countries with fond memories of a delicious home-cooked meal, lively discussions, insights, and informal exchanges about cultures, customs, and families. It is through this program that we celebrate our differences, recognize our similarities, and embrace a more globally-engaged life.

Here is our latest Home Hospitality opportunity:

Sunday, October 23 - Ten (10) visitors from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Venezuela would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Fellowship Program and are available at 6:00 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2 visitors per host.

Dinner hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. To become a GCIV member, please click here. Hosts are asked to provide transportation to and from the hotel on the day of dinner hospitality. If you are interested in hosting or co-hosting, please contact Emily O'Harris at emily@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x15. Once you have signed up to host, we'll provide a CultureGram for the corresponding countries.
Bowling League of Nations Highlights
Bowling League of Nations Highlights
We were bowled over by the enthusiasm and fun level at GCIV's second annual Bowling League of Nations, held on Saturday, September 17!

It was a huge success, with more than 100 GCIV members and new friends joining us for an afternoon of excitement, laughter, friendly competition, and of course, the opportunity to promote citizen diplomacy — one frame at a time!

Thank you also to Lauren and John Seidl, Elizabeth Etoll, our MC, Audrey Galex of The AIB Network, our DJ, RJ Paulisick, Smallcakes Cupcakery, and Malina Chiropractic and Wellness Center for their generous contributions.

Lastly, a very special thank you to our incomparable Platinum Sponsor:
Hartsfield-Jackson Airport
CLICK HERE to view all of the fun and excitement from this year's event!
Atlanta Council on International Relations October Luncheon
Atlanta Council on International Relations October Luncheon
Wednesday, October 5: "Putin's Arctic Policy: Conflict or Cooperation"

Speaker: Professor Thomas Rotnem, Kennesaw State University

Time: 11:30 AM — Registration: 12:00-1:30 PM — Luncheon and Program

Place: Capital City Club, 7 John Portman Boulevard at Historic Harris Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 www.capitalcityclub.org

Cost: Lunch & Program for ACIR members $30. For non-members $40; Annual ACIR Membership is $50

Click here for Registration *Please Note: Prior registration required.

Questions? Please email alevin@atlantacir.org.
Global Partners
D&A Transportation Services

Delta Air Lines

Georgia Department of Economic Development

Georgia State University

Global Atlanta

Kennesaw State University

Kuck Immigration Partners

Mayor's Office of International Affairs, City of Atlanta

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Private Bank of Buckhead

Regency Suites Hotel

Rialto Center for the Arts

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

The Coca-Cola Company

University of Georgia

University of North Georgia
Donate Your Appreciated Stock to GCIV
We are pleased to announce that GCIV can now accept your donations of publicly-traded stock. This alternative to making cash donations provides significant benefits to both GCIV and the donors, as it usually enables the donors to give more money to the charity than they would if they sold the stocks on their own, paid taxes on the gains, and then donated the remaining cash to the organization.

The donor can deduct the current fair market value of the stock as their charitable donation, without paying the capital gains taxes that would apply if they sold the stock themselves. GCIV benefits by receiving the current market value of the stock.

For further information about making a donation to GCIV in the form of stock, please contact the Treasurer, Bruce Taylor at brucektaylor@gmail.com.
GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during August 2016
Ambassador ($1,000+)
Alrene Barr
Saira & Addison Draper

Consul ($250+)
Margaret & Bill Lane

Consul ($250+)
Suzy & Doug Blough
Berlina & Eugene Henry Jr.
Simonie Levy
Monique Lung

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Sarah Ford
Daniel Hart
Lori Landrum
Antonella Lovinger
Peggy Parks
Sucheta Rawal
Shruti Singh
Janis Sundquist
Neevra Weyers Walker

Envoy ($25+)
Taylor Woodruff

Ambassadors Circle
Tariq & Pilar Amir
Farah Amir
Marvin Banks
Alrene Barr
Charlie & Nancy Bedford
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Saira & Addison Draper
Rod & Joyce Ellis
Elizabeth Etoll
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Brian Hooper
Robert & Vevonna Kennedy
Ron & Bethany Lane
Alice LeBlanc
Sharon L. Mueller
Roger & Alka Naik
Michael Owen
Ted Revilock & Ranjani Balasubramaniam
John & Lauren Seidl
Tycho Stahl & Yonni Kim
Bruce & Sharon Taylor
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo
Flor Velarde
Jinkichi & Yoko Yoshida

Lifetime Members
Hans & Ada Almering
Pin Pin Chau
Jim & Carol Dew
Carol Emmons
Lew & Anne Hansen
Marianne McConnel
Helga Siegel
Miguel Southwell
Claudia Turner
George & Judy Varga
Other Events and Hosting Opportunities
Fulbright Association, GA Chapter Do you have incredible memories from your Fulbright experience? Would you like to make that a lifelong experience and make sure others have a similar opportunity? We welcome you to the Fulbright Association, GA. chapter. We're an active, diverse group of academics and professionals, veteran and recently returned Fulbrighters from all over Georgia. We're passionate about international exchange and committed to ensuring that the Fulbright program is funded and healthy for future generations. We organize events for our 90 visiting scholars and students as well as engage in two national initiatives — Global Health and International Education. Please contact us at fulbrightga@gmail.com for more details.

CCI-GreenHeart CCI-GreenHeart is currently seeking volunteer host families to experience culture from other parts of the world. We have students from China, Mongolia, Brazil, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Russia, Czech Republic, Taiwan, Japan, Egypt, West Bank and Israel for the school year, first or second semesters. The students come with their own accident insurance and spending money. Please Contact Glenn & Jackie Morgan for more information at 770-298-8313 or 770-246-9396 or email hostkids@bellsouth.net. For more information, please visit www.cci-exchange.com/hostinquiry.aspx.

AFS Student Exchange for High Schoolers AFS Intercultural Exchange Programs in Georgia is currently seeking host families for the 2016-17 school year. Whether you are in your 20s or 70s, have children or not, live alone or with a roommate, you are the perfect family for an AFS high school student! AFS has more than 60 trained Atlanta volunteers supporting host families and students before, during, and after the experience. To start the application process or find out more information, visit www.afsusa.org or contact Ruth Blackstock at afsgeorgia@gmail.com.
More From Last Month!
More From Last Month!
GCIV members and guests enjoyed scintillating conversations with our visiting delegation from Nigeria, and equally as scintillating Turkish food during our September International Dining Experience at at Sivas Grill and Hookah Bar!
More From Last Month!
Our gracious hosts, Patrick and Elin Fowler, treated our visiting delegation from Egypt to a delicious meal followed by some dueling banjos, while at Sufi's, our very generous host, Soumaya Khalifa, CEO and President of Khalifa Consulting, Inc. and Founder of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, treated the other half of the Egyptian delegation to fascinating conversation and hospitality.
Expand Your World
Expand Your World
Want to get an insider's perspective on places that you may never have even thought about visiting? The U.S. Department of State brings tens of thousands of international leaders, professionals, students and scholars to this country every year from more than 160 countries. It only takes a couple of hours to get involved. Find out how you can get involved today!
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Georgia Council for International Visitors
Connecting Georgians to the World Since 1962
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Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: (404) 832-5560
Fax: (404) 832-5568