Brandon Blache-Cohen, Executive Director of Amizade Global Service Learning, joined Anna on this episode of The World Affairs Report to discuss Amizade’s work and the importance of “Global Education For All.” Amizade is a Pittsburgh-based non-profit that works to inspire empathy, catalyze social action and link diverse communities through Fair Trade Learning. Their volunteers come from all walks of life and have served in 12 countries around the globe including Tanzania, Jamaica, Northern Ireland and right here in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. Brandon believes that opportunities in global service at a young age have the power to make those involved more interested in their schoolwork, be more likely to attend college and be more civically engaged in their communities.
Brandon holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Clark University and was named one of Pittsburgh’s “40 under 40” in 2012 by Pittsburgh Magazine. Brandon oversees a staff of over 40 people based in 11 countries from his office in Pittsburgh. He was inspired to make global service education his life’s work through his study abroad experience and travels that have brought him to over 80 countries. You are able to learn more about Brandon and Amizade’s work at www.amizade.org and can find them on Twitter @AmizadeGSL.