Lew Finfer, directorul Massachusetts Community Action Network (MCAN) din Boston

“I, You and Them” Association Focsani, with the support of the U. S. Department of State and the Public Participation Resource Center (Ce-Re) from Bucharest, have the pleasure to invite you to a meeting with the American activist and community organizer Lew Finfer, director of Massachusetts Community Action Network (MCAN) from Boston, who will lead a workshop in Focsani, belonging to the “Sustaining Civic Participation in Minority Communities” exchange program.

Lew Finfer has worked as a community organizer since 1970, being involved in community NGOs from the American state of Massachusetts, with which he had a great number of successes over the years.

The meeting will be moderated by Silvia Vrînceanu Nichita, Romanian graduate of the ”Professional Fellows” Program of the US State Department and it shall take place on 23rd of February, between 12:00 and 15:00, in the Florentin Delmar room of the Popular Athenaeum “”Mr. Gh. Pastia”.

Join us here: https://www.facebook.com/events/148722569149963/

On Saturday, between 10:00 and 12:30, another workshop will take place with the young high schoolers and students affiliated with the Journalism and Civic Involvement Club “Youth in (re)action”.

Join us here: https://www.facebook.com/events/155602731906571/

The meeting’s main points are, among others, the encouragement of NGOs in Vrancea to collaborate in common projects for the change into better of the community.

We ask the interested people to fill in the form derived from this link:

https://tinyurl.com/y7can4o7.

Details at the phone number 0744217031 or email address silvia_vrinceanu@yahoo.com.

Until next time!

Mr. Lew Finfer worked as a community organizer with community improvement organizations in Massachusetts since 1970. He has worked with neighborhood organizations, statewide housing organizations, and interfaith organizations. They worked successfully on many issues over these years. In recent years, they are proud of the role they played in the successful campaign that raised the Minimum Wage helping over 500,000 people and passing an Earned Sick Time law that helps over 900,000 people in the state of Massachusetts. Mr. Finfer has wide and valuable experience in community organizing and he is also active in state-wide organizing.

More about MCAN here: http://www.mcan-pico.org/about-mission/mcan-history/

As a US Mentor of  the Professional Fellows Program, he was the US mentor of two fall 2017 professional fellows: Vivien Brassoi from Hungary and Silvia Vrinceanu Nichita from Romania who worked with MCAN in Boston.

Silvia Vrinceanu Nichita alaturi de Linnea E Allison, reprezentanta U.S. Department of State

President of the „Me, You and Them” Association, Silvia Vrînceanu Nichita worked for 20 years as a journalist, being for almost 14 years chief editor of Ziarul de Vrancea daily newspaper. Under her leadership, the newspaper received more national and international prizes that recongnized excellence in local journalism and made Ziarul de Vrancea a true community newspaper and a credible voice in local journalism. Four years ago, she founded the Journalism and Civic Involvement Club „Youth in (re)action”. At the same time, she initiated more social campaigns, associated in diverse groups and civic initiatives where she volunteered in educational, social and cultural activities undertaken especially for the benefit of teenagers, whom she encourages to become more active voices in their community. In recent years, the Association initiated projects dedicated to knowledge, protection and promoting the cultural heritage among the young generation.

About Professional Fellows Program

 

The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) is a two-way, global exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, as well as build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States. This program is a two-way exchange involving 38 professionals from five selected European countries and 19 mentors from the United States who will effect positive change in their communities. U.S. mentors will share their professional expertise with fellows of this program in the United States and travel for a two-week reciprocal visit to assist their fellow on his/her 6-9 month individual project plan implementation, provide consulting and joint workshops. European and U.S. participants will share experience and promote mutual understanding and partnership between professional groups in the United States and counterpart groups in the selected European countries. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Office of Citizen Exchanges, Professional Fellows Division and is organized by the WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. – Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and Development (GLC) from Northwest Ohio in collaboration with Co-PLAN in Albania, C.E.G.A. Foundation in Bulgaria, Civil College Foundation (CCF) in Hungary, CeRe in Romania, and Center for Community Organizing (CKO) in Slovakia and other local partners in the United States of America and selected countries in Europe.

Details: http://glc-teachdemocracy2.org/open-competition-for-professional-fellows-exchange-program/

And Here: https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/professional-fellows-program

 

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