The Voice of America won the Atlas Corps Distinguished Partner in Global Service Award on September 5 at the graduation ceremony of the 22nd class of Atlas Corps Fellows. The award is given to an Atlas Corps Partner for demonstrating passion and dedication to global service and to the fellows program. Atlas Corps, founded in 2006, is an international network of nonprofit leaders and organizations that promotes innovation, cooperation, and solutions to address the world's 21st century challenges.
Atlas Corps Fellows are a part of the international exchange program for mid-career professionals who serve at U.S. Host Organizations for 12 to 18 months. The program is designed to develop leaders, strengthen organizations, and promote innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals.
Among the members of the graduating class was Solange Nyamulisa who worked in the VOA Swahili and French to Africa language services for the last year. Nyamulisa was one of the 11 Fellows hosted by VOA since first partnering with Atlas Corps in 2013. There are four additional Atlas Corps Fellows currently serving with various language services at VOA. Brittany Gropp, Atlas Corps Partnerships Director, said "Fellows aren't just behind the scenes at VOA; they are given the platform to co-host radio shows and conduct on-air interviews. VOA helps fellows expand their skills in journalism and media which later allows them to amplify their voices when they return home."