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Sylvan/Laureate Foundation

The Sylvan/Laureate Foundation is the company foundation of Laureate Education, Inc. Laureate International Universities is the world's largest network of private universities, comprised of more than 58 institutions of higher education in 28 countries that serve 675,000 students. Since 1997, the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation has provided more than $13 million in grants to 100 non-profit organizations. Its mission is to support the best practices in training and education worldwide.

Starting this year, the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation is now the lead sponsor of the global YouthActionNet® program and continues as a founding and co-sponsor of the YouthActionNet® programs at Laureate institutions, including the Universidad del Valle de México (Mexico), Universidade Anhembi Morumbi (Brazil), Universidad Europea de Madrid (Spain), Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey), Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (Peru), Universidad Andrés Bello (Chile), and is sponsoring the launch of the Central American regional program at Universidad Latina de Costa Rica (Costa Rica) and UNITEC Honduras (Honduras).


The Starbucks Foundation

In 1997 Starbucks chairman, President and CEO Howard Schultz established The Starbucks Foundation to support communities where Starbucks does business. The Foundation’s initial focus was on funding literacy programs in the U.S. and Canada. It has since grown to include supporting education and youth leadership in communities where Starbucks has stores, and social investments in countries where Starbucks buys coffee, tea and cocoa. To date, the Foundation has provided more than $22 million in grants to benefit communities around the world.


Porter Novelli

Porter Novelli, a global public relations leader with 100 offices in 60 countries, is proud to serve as the International Youth Foundation's pro-bono agency. Selected 2009 PRWeek Agency to Watch, Porter Novelli's proprietary methods, used across its global network, enable it to pick out the threads of shifting conversations and influence them in ways that help clients achieve market-moving results. As the agency that many credit for the birth of social marketing, Porter Novelli utilizes its vast communications expertise, best practices, and global employee base to support IYF and its YouthActionNet® program.