AMIGOS was founded on the principle that young people can change the world. In 1965, a 29-year old pastor from houston, Texas named Guy Bevil, led a team of teenagers into rural honduras to fight a growing polio epidemic. Serving communities in remote areas of the country, this group of 181 youth and 36 adults helped protect thousands of people from the crippling disease and established friendships that crossed borders. This service had a bold impact on the lives of these young people and as a result they returned more mature, culturally aware, and inspired to continue serving communities at home and abroad.
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The AMIGOS model of developing critically engaged young leaders remains highly beneficial to youth today. AMIGOS programs have evolved to be more responsive to the changing priorities of host communities and inclusive of young people across the Americas. Today, our projects cover a broader array of activities in health and education and focus on building skills in youth of both the United States and Latin America.
More than 26,000 alumni have carried on the passion and commitment that started 50 years ago. Our successful history supports the belief that young people have the power to rise to any challenge and make a difference.