Our Portal in Mission, Texas is our first Portal along the US-Mexico border. It is located in Mission EDC, a component of the City of Mission, Texas, that is tasked with creating jobs, attracting capital investment, improving the quality of life and strengthening the workforce in Mission, Texas. Mission EDC accomplishes its task by focusing in five areas: Entrepreneurship and STEAM Education, Business Expansion and Retention, Recruitment, Infrastructure and Transportation and Quality of Life. In addition to the 1 million inhabitants on the American side of the Rio Grande River, Mission, Texas is just minutes north of the 2 million residents of Reynosa and Matamoros, popular manufacturing centers in Northern Mexico.
Our Portal is located right in front of Lexington Market, a site with more than 100 vendors selling everything from fresh seafood to Indian food. The market is more than 230 years old and is located right in the heart of downtown Baltimore.
Our Portal in Los Angeles is located at Self Help Graphics & Art, the leading non-profit visual arts center serving the predominantly Latino Community of Los Angeles. Self Help Graphics' mission is to drive the creation of new work by Chicano and Latino artists through fine art printmaking and multiple visual art forms.
Our Portal in Chicago is located beside the South Chicago Christian Center, a faith-based non-profit charitable organization anchored by a thrift shop that was started to empower the community. This Portal is in a part of Chicago with among the highest homicide rates in the United States.
Our Portal in Brooklyn is located in the Navy Yard at the New Lab. The New Lab is an interdisciplinary space designed to support entrepreneurs working in emerging technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and connected devices.
Our Portal in Washington DC is located at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Portal is a part of the Museum's exhibition Genocide: The Threat Continues, which focuses on the efforts of the Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide to bring attention to the people and places at risk today for genocide and other mass atrocities.
Our Portal is located in Amani Park in the 53206 zip code, which has the highest black male incarceration rate of any zip code in America. The Portal is run in partnership with COA Youth & Family Center, a community development organization, the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative, and numerous other local partners working on issues ranging from police-community relations to job trainings. Our media partner is Odyssey Networks, which created the film, Milwaukee 53206
Our Portal in Amman, Jordan is at 3Dmena, an advanced technologies incubator, social innovation hub, and founding partner of Fab Lab Irbid and Refugee Open Ware (ROW).
The Isfahan Portal is located at the A.S.P. Towers. The Portal is run by curators Mona Babaee, the co-founder of Va for Contemporary Art in Isfahan and a sculpture and installation artist, and Samira Hashemi, co-founder of Va and an interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator. It is supported by the VA Independent Space For Contemporary Art.
Our Portal is in the Harsham Camp for IDPs and refugees on the northern edge of Erbil. The Portal was made possible by UNICEF Iraq and Terre de Hommes. Harsham hosts more than 1,500 internally displaced Iraqi families who fled Mosul and its surrounding villages to escape Islamist militant attacks. Harsham is located in Iraqi Kurdistan which is home to 250,000 Syrian refugees. Our Portal in the camp is based in a converted gas station. Through it, a young entrepreneur in Erbil spoke with President Barack Obama and another with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
Mercy Corps and Gaza Sky Geeks host the Portal in Gaza City. Gaza Sky Geeks was founded in 2011 to build Gaza’s startup movement. They run a vibrant co-working space. In 2013, the Gaza Sky Geeks accelerator began connecting top teams to global resources to transform Gaza’s most talented youth into the Middle East’s business leaders. Investors from around the world invested in the startups and partnered with Gaza Sky Geeks to provide them with expertise, mentorship, and networks
Central & South America
Our Portal in Mexico City has moved around town, garnered major national press, and hosted celebrities including Telenovela stars. We are now in Platoon Mexico, a global creative collective based in Berlin, Mexico City and Seoul with more than 7,500 members. The Mexico Portal is run in partnership with Time Out Mexico, the largest arts, culture and entertainment guide in Mexico. Since 2015, the Portal has moved to numerous sites including Plaza Villa Madrid, one of the most iconic neighborhoods in Mexico City, and Arte Alameda, a space dedicated to the exhibition, documentation, production, and research of artistic practices that relate to technology.
The Organization for Youth Empowerment (OYE) is an award-winning youth development NGO based in El Progreso, Honduras that creates youth leaders through scholarships, leadership workshops, and community engagement initiatives in the arts and sports. They received the White House National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award in 2015 for their work. The Portal is located at the largest high school in El Progreso called, La Perla.
South & East Asia
The American Center Student Council (ACSC) is an organization that helps students gain access to global educational materials. By partnering with them, along with Turning Tables, a youth empowerment group, and a group called Fringe Diplomacy, based at the Aspen Institute in Washington DC, we are able to draw upon a wide base of support in Yangon.
The Portal is located at Turquoise Mountain, a non-profit, non-governmental organization regenerating the old city of Kabul, and spurring the sustainable development of the Afghan crafts industry. Since 2006 Turquoise Mountain has trained over 450 artisans in traditional arts, restored or rebuilt 112 historic or community buildings in the old city of Kabul, set up a local primary school and family health clinic, organized major international exhibitions from the Venice Biennale to the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, and worked with prestigious international retailers from Bloomingdales and Kate Spade in New York, to Pippa Small and Monsoon-Accessorize in London.The Portal is located at Turquoise Mountain, a non-profit, non-governmental organization regenerating the old city of Kabul, and spurring the sustainable development of the Afghan crafts industry. Since 2006 Turquoise Mountain has trained over 450 artisans in traditional arts, restored or rebuilt 112 historic or community buildings in the old city of Kabul, set up a local primary school and family health clinic, organized major international exhibitions from the Venice Biennale to the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, and worked with prestigious international retailers from Bloomingdales and Kate Spade in New York, to Pippa Small and Monsoon-Accessorize in London.
The Herat Portal is located on the campus of Hariwa University, in the center of town, and run by the Afghan Development and Inspiration Bureau (ADIB). ADIB is dedicated to empowering young Afghan men and women through the promotion of entrepreneurship. Their objectives are to encourage job creation through entrepreneurship, enhance social protection and strengthen the role of men and women in families and societies. By partnering with a local university, in collaboration with a community empowerment organization, we are able to reach deeply into Herat, across divisions of tribe or language. We have generated lots of local press in Herat.
Our Portal in Rwanda is located at Impact Hub in downtown Kigali and run by Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga (“To Create, To See, To Learn”), a public arts social enterprise using street-arts and art-actions to involve civil society in positive social change.
In particular, the organization creates large-scale public artworks, many of which seek to reduce the stigma against HIV-positive individuals. Impact Hub Kigali, which also hosts the Portal, is a co-working space nurturing grassroots ventures aiming to have a sustainable impact on their communities.
Our Berlin Portal is located at Tempelhof Airport, the site of the famous 1948 Berlin Airlift and a longtime host of Berlin’s largest events. In November of 2015, as refugee entry into Germany grew, the hangers in this shuttered airport were converted to a refugee shelter. Currently about 1,000 refugees live here. They fled violence in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and small numbers also fled persecution in Iran and Moldova. More than a quarter of the refugees housed at Tempelhof are children. They reached Germany and have applied for asylum, but are waiting for more permanent accommodations to become available. Our Portal at Tempelhof is located in the THFWelcome Cafe, a volunteer-run coffee shop at Tempelhof that both refugees and the general public can access. In addition to the Portal, the cafe offers legal counseling, live music and films, and seasonal clothing distribution.