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Journalism. Former Managing Editor of The Miami News and prominent Miami public relations executive, Otis Wragg III, trained twenty-one journalists from seven eastern Caribbean nations in how to report drug abuse issues beyond the superficial and sensational aspects. The event was co-sponsored by the United States Information Service (USIS), Barbados.

Board Strengthening. Douglas X. Patiño, California State University Vice Chancellor and president of Hispanics in Philanthropy, and Ana Gloria Rivas-Vázquez, director of Development for the Dade Community Foundation (Miami), conducted workshops for 17 environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) in San Salvador, El Salvador. The ENGOs are part of an institutional strengthening project administered by Fundacion Panamericana para el Desarollo (FUPAD), the El Salvador office of the Pan American Development Foundation.

Fund-raising. Jamaica's Uplifting Adolescents Project hosted a Kingston fund-raising workshop by Mary Dekle, resource developer for Legal Services of North Florida, Nick Millar, president of Associated Marine Institute Foundation and Thomas E. Norman, director of gift planning for The Able Trust. The two-day development workshop, and subsequent one-on-one consultations on-site with the requesting agencies, exposed participants to innovative fund-raising ideas and concepts including major gifts, direct mail and special events.

Web design. The PRDS/SDN (Programa Red de Desarollo Sostenible or Sustainable Development Network) sponsored two beginner workshops for 36 students representing 27 member organizations on creating and maintaining web pages. The SDN is a U.N.-sponsored program that offers low-cost connection to the internet. Cecilia Figueroa, associate editor for online services with the Miami Herald, and Christina New, assistant principal of Miami Coral Park Adult and Community Education Center, provided the training.

Hospitality. Florida State University hospitality professor, Dr. Ray Kavanaugh, and Tom McDonald, resident manager of the Marriott Crystal Gateway, Arlington, Virginia, conducted Front of the House Training workshops for small hoteliers in Belize City, Placencia and Caye Caulker, at the request of the Belize Tourism Industry Association.

Vo-Tech Teacher Training. Through the efforts of two FAVACA volunteer trainers, staff of Belize's Center for Employment Training received hands-on automotive and computer training. Andrew Winnecke, CEO, Service Equipment Specialists of Deltona, Florida, delivered training in alignment, equipment repairs, calibration and maintenance, and Tim West, business education teacher and computer consultant at South Dade Adult Center in Homestead, Florida, provided technical assistance in computer networking, trouble-shooting and the use of the internet.

Grantsmanship. Fred Seamon, professor in the School of Public Administration at Florida State University, led a proposal writing workshop for 25 participants under the sponsorship of the Belize Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS). The workshop included topics such as identification of funding sources, approach to writing and proposal presentation.

Conflict Resolution. Three workshops were conducted for 49 members of Autorite Portuaire National (APN) and Autorite Aeroportaire (AAN) by the City of Hollywood, Florida's director of human relations, Ms. Guithele Ruiz. The sessions, delivered in Creole, were offered in response to the unions' request for assistance in conflict resolution, team-building and labor negotiations.

Social Work Administration. Deborah Dalrymple, director of St. Vincent's Marion House, and her staff received training in program evaluation for this social service organization. The implementation of evaluation tools will lead to better delivery of services and is crucial in securing continued funding for the agency. Pat Lager and Wendy Crook, of Florida State University's School of Social Work, provided the training as part of an ongoing collaboration between the two institutions.

Distance Learning. University College of Belize president, Dr. Angel Cal, and academic vice president, Dr. Dorian Barrow, have negotiated an agreement with the University of South Florida (USF) to offer a distance-learning Masters of Public Health and other USF degrees. Corps volunteer and USF professor, Dr. Bruce Gould, was instrumental in the agreement.

University Administration. The National Autonomous University of Nicaragua in León requested training for the Human Resources Division in employee performance and policies in an effort to improve management for both the university and the small businesses it administers. Veteran volunteer, Frank O'Connor of Sarasota, and Florida International University professor of public administration, Donald Klingner of Miami, trained 30 university staff.

Municipal Management. Mayor Joseph Depas of Cabaret and Mayor Simon Lapointe of Anse-A-Galets, Haiti, hosted technical assistance in strengthening municipal capacity and promoting economic development in tourism and fishing. Assistance was provided by Mayor Sheila Mullins, Key West, and Alan Woolwich, planner for the Florida Department of Community Affairs. Thirty-two individuals from the public and private sector, including mayors, municipal personnel, hotel owners and managers, were trained.

Fund-raising. Clearwater, Florida's director of development, Ruth Eckerd Hall, and Dr. Thomas Giddens provided fund-raising expertise to the Antigua Environmental Awareness Group (EAG). The first community-based Eastern Caribbean environmental group to seek such help, EAG seeks to become financially self-sufficient.

Desktop Publishing. Training in desktop publishing was provided for twenty representatives of organizations in Antigua by Tallahassean Susan Melkonian, director of management systems for the state's Department of Elder Affairs. The training was requested by the Antigua and Barbuda Council for the Welfare of Senior Citizens.

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