Upcoming Alumni TIES Seminar Invites U.S. Exchange Program Alumni to Explore Solutions to Global Addiction

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A volunteer outreach worker for an addiction and homeless advocacy group cleans up needles used for drug injection that were found at a homeless encampment in Everett, Washington.
A volunteer outreach worker for an addiction and homeless advocacy group cleans up needles used for drug injection that were found at a homeless encampment in Everett, Washington.

Upcoming Alumni TIES Seminar Invites U.S. Exchange Program Alumni to Explore Solutions to Global Addiction

While the opioid epidemic has impacted many across the United States, it is a truly global threat. With alarming overdose deaths occurring in both the U.S. and in other nations, close cooperation with international allies and partners will be required to address this challenge.  As we continue to make combatting opioid abuse a priority, it is important that we also engage a broad range of actors to expand our collective knowledge of the depth and breadth of this crisis and its impacts.

Inviting U.S. Exchange Alumni into the Conversation Surrounding Solutions to the Global Opioid Epidemic

This is why we are inviting alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs – some of the world’s best and brightest innovators, educators, business leaders, and others --  to bring their unique perspective to an important discussion examining ways to tackle addiction.

On April 4-8, 2018, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs will host the U.S. Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminar (Alumni TIES) in Cleveland, Ohio on the theme "Building Communities of Hope: Collective Action to Tackle Addiction."

Forty exchange alumni will be selected to participate in the seminar, which will consist of various participant-led discussions and activities to expose seminar participants to multifaceted approaches to substance abuse prevention, education, and rehabilitation programs and services at the local, state, and national level.

During the seminar, participants will have an opportunity to explore ways various community resources can be leveraged and strengthened to assist in the prevention of substance abuse and aid in recovery and rebuilding for affected families and communities. Participants will be eligible to compete in collaboration with other alumni for small grants of up to $10,000 to implement community projects that address addiction.

The application deadline is 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on February 15, 2018. Selected finalists will be notified by March 2, 2018, and invited to the seminar. 

To apply to attend in this program or to review requirements and eligibility information, visit the "Building Communities of Hope: Collective Action to Tackle Addiction” event webpage.

Alumni TIES: Making a Difference in Local Communities Around the World

Alumni TIES are regionally-focused seminars on key foreign policy issues which bring together alumni of diverse U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs. The gatherings provide alumni with opportunities to share knowledge and collaborate on solutions to critical global challenges.  The Alumni TIES initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and implemented in partnership with World Learning

To learn more about this program, please visit the International Exchange Alumni website.

About the Author: Megan Huber serves in the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on Medium.com.