Areas of Work: Empower Vulnerable Communities; Educate and
Develop Youth & the Disabled; Civil Society Strengthening; and
Self Employment Development.
OAA serves vulnerable people in the Americas Region through sustainable community
development. OAA knows that building strong communities requires engaging people
of diverse backgrounds and ages in a community and empowering them to face a wide
Key Goals
range of development challenges. This is why OAA develops programs that include
capacity-building classes, training and awareness-raising of key issues that are relevant
Provide disadvantaged youth
to communities. These include violence, child and youth exploitation, human rights,
with tools for productive
employment and productivity and many others.
employment and provide tools
to increase productivity.
Empowering Civic Society and Communities
OAA has extensive experience strengthening civil society organizations throughout the
Improve technical training for
Americas, building the capacity of local faith-based organizations (FBOs) and
disadvantaged youth.
municipalities by working alongside them to face many issues. This approach has
developed much needed leadership and improved how organizations tackle community
Increase youth impact by
challenges. OAA also provides technical assistance and other resources which helps
forming leaders through
communities tackle local problems with efficiency, effectiveness and transparency,
education and leadership
enabling grassroots democracy to grow.
Youth Development
Build strong communities by
Many youths in The America’s Region are confronted with situations where they are out
empowering them to face a
of school, out of work, and deprived of a chance to gain the independence and the
wide range of development
opportunity they seek for self-advancement. As a strong advocate for youth, OAA works
challenges and with programs
with local communities to ensure that they become stronger and more dynamic by
that improve the quality of
providing the necessary protection and the right tools for them to succeed. This is why
our initiatives focus on several areas, including: employment generation, leadership
training, entrepreneurship and employment opportunities, crime and violence
prevention, and civic participation.
Employment Initiatives
Employment generation is one of OAA’s main priorities to enable self-reliance. Using a variety of approaches, our
programs help support self-employment and small businesses, provide skills training to youth and vulnerable people, and
improve agricultural conditions and techniques. To assure maximum benefits, we work with local churches and residents
who are disadvantaged because of economic disparity, civil conflict, racial, religious, or ethnic prejudices, and lack of
access to basic opportunities. We ensure that our programs create the essential conditions for sustainable economic
Leadership Training
OAA provides innovative resources, leadership training, and support to youth with extensive experience in Cuba, where
OAA has distributed a large number of laptops and e-tablets to seven FBO leadership training facilities in Cuba. The
units are loaded with software that includes more material than available in an entire educational library. Thousands of
students, teachers, pastors, and leaders have shared these electronic libraries.
OAA has 24 years of experience and good results in the areas of civil society building, supporting human rights,
leadership development, organizational capacity building, food security, and youth programs. We are
motivated by our faith.