Springfield College To Educate YMCA Professionals In BrazilJune 17, 2003
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., June 17, 2003 -- Springfield College, through its School of Human Services, will partner with the Brazilian Federation of YMCAs and the Technical Institute for Professional Development in Sorocaba, Brazil to provide training for YMCA professionals from throughout Latin America at the institute. Officials of the federation, the institute and the college will sign an agreement Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at 2 p.m. in Marsh Memorial Conference Room at Springfield College.
Beginning in July 2003, Springfield College will assist in developing a leadership training curriculum and will supply faculty members to teach leadership courses at the institute. The institute’s two-year program is mandatory for professionals who aspire to become YMCA secretaries general in Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, and Mexico.
As part of the agreement, the institute will provide faculty members to Springfield College in subjects of social development, community organization, non-profit/non-governmental organizations, leadership and management.
Signing the letter of agreement for Springfield College will be Richard B. Flynn, college president; Jean Wyld, vice president for academic affairs; and Robert J. Willey, Jr., dean of the School of Human Services. For the Brazilian Federation of YMCAs, Leopoldo Moacir Lima, president; and Luis Carlos Gonzaga, secretary general, will sign. For the Technical Institute for Professional Development, Joao Xavier Pereira Neto, secretary general, and Jorge Tsujin, president of the board, will sign.
The new agreement expands collaboration between the college and the Brazilian Federation that was established in 1998. At that time, the college agreed to work with the federation to enhance its capacity to provide educational programs in Latin America.
Springfield College’s collaboration with the Brazilian federation is based upon its historic partnership with the YMCA of the USA. The college was founded in 1885 to educate YMCA professionals. In 1992, it agreed to establish campuses of its School of Human Services in selected cities to educate human services professionals in the YMCA and throughout those communities.
The college now operates campuses of its School of Human Services in Boston, Massachusetts; Inglewood/Los Angeles and San Diego, California; Wilmington, Delaware; Tampa, Florida; Manchester, New Hampshire; Charleston, South Carolina; St. Johnsbury, Vermont; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Brazilian Federation of YMCAs is the largest in South America, with almost 70 branches. In recent years, it has become increasingly involved in social and community development projects and environmental education.