The Foundation for Amigos de las Américas was established in December 2003 as an independent 501 (c)(3) organization to support the youth leadership and sustainable development work of Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS). The dream of creating the Foundation was born out of the desire to take full advantage of the opportunities available to AMIGOS to make a difference in both the lives of youth participants and of Latin American communities. Working together with alumni, parents, chapters, the Foundation enables AMIGOS to strengthen the participant experience, enhance relationships with Latin American communities and partner agencies, and expand the reach of the AMIGOS mission.