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GCWAC Promotion: Director of International Programs

GCWAC proudly announces the promotion of James McManus to Director of International Programs.


“James has been an integral member of GCWAC’s exchange team, going above and beyond to ensure the success of projects across all thematic areas” says Michelle Harpenau, Executive Director. “As our work continues to expand, James will continue to play a large role in the success of our council’s programs and international efforts.”

Learn more about James here:

FC Cincinnati vs. Valencia Match

Big thank you to FC Cincinnati for inviting GCWAC to attend the #internationalfriendly match on Monday – FC vs. Valencia! Great evening to be out supporting our soccer team!!


World Leaders Visit Greater Cincinnati

In the month of July, Cincinnati hosted 2 delegations of world leaders through the U.S. Department of State’s premier exchange program, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and 2 delegations through the U.S. Department of State’s Office of English Language Programs.

The visitors travelled from 16 countries including Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, Brazil, Indonesia, Russia, and more. The GCWAC relies on the commitment and skills of our community to develop local professional relationships and showcase Midwest hospitality. This month, our community truly helped to engage the world leaders on topics that included Intensive Sessions/Camps, Preventing Trafficking Against People, and Enhancing Justice Institutions in Rural Communities.

Continue reading for pictures and more info about what they did while in Greater Cincinnati…

Thank you to all of our local professionals and volunteers who made these visits a big success this month.

Thank you – Clermont County Department of Jobs and Family Services, Citizens Complaint Authority, YMCA, Local Activist, US District Court of Appeals of the 6th District, US Attorney General’s Office of the Southern District of Ohio, Adams Brown Community Action Partnership, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – for meeting with the international delegation from Colombia to discuss enhancing justice institutions in rural communities!

Thank you – Eyes Open International, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, End Slavery Cincinnati (ESC), Immigrant Rights Committee (IRC) a part of Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center, US Attorney General’s Office of the Southern District of Ohio, Cincinnati Police Department, the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, and Hamilton County District Prosecutors Office, Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law – for meeting with the international delegation from Egypt to discuss preventing trafficking against people, training programs, and interstate collaboration.

Thank you – Northern Kentucky University Science Camp, UpSpring, Envision Children, YMCA Camp Campbell Gard, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, Camp Joy, The Rotary Club of Cincinnati, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati: Camp-I-Can, and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – for meeting with the international delegation of camp administrators and teachers from Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, and Turkey to discuss summer camp administration, observe American summer camps, and demonstrate the importance of risk management when operating a summer camp. A special shout out to those meetings who met with both delegations two weeks in a row as well as those who went over and beyond to share ideas and policies to make camps better around the world!!



During each week of visits, the international visitors had overnight stay and were campers (some for the first time) at Camp Joy or YMCA Camp Campbell Gard.



Thank you to families who hosted our visitors for dinner in their homes!!


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