The Open Hands Initiative is a US-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to improving people-to-people understanding and friendship throughout the world by fostering exchanges that focus on our basic shared values and common humanity. We believe that all people and cultures around the world have much to share with and teach each other, and that only through mutual understanding and open communication can trust and goodwill be established. The Initiative was established in 2009 by Jay and Tracy Snyder.




  • POST-CONFLICT COLOMBIA & PUBLIC HEALTHUniting 16 students to investigate public health in the era of post-conflict Colombia
  • WOMENS ENTREPRENEURSHIP20 Women from the U.S. & Jordan come together to learn about entrepreneurship in Amman, October 2015
  • GLOBALPOST SPECIAL REPORTRead the stories produced by our journalist fellows during the "Myanmar Telling Its Own Story" program
  • FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN MYANMARLearn how Open Hands sponsored critical training for visual storytellers in Myanmar
  • EGYPT IN TRANSITION: THE CAIRO JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIPMeet the young journalists who participated in this 10-day media training program and cultural exchange
  • THE TAHRIR SQUARE SPECIAL REPORTRead the stories produced during the Egypt Journalism Fellowship
  • THE YOUTH ABILITY SUMMIT: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?Catch up with stories from our previous participants to see how they were impacted by the programs
  • OUR CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE COMMITMENT TO ACTIONRead about what we are doing to promote the rights of people with disabilities
  • THE SILVER SCORPION IN SYRIAAs seen in hundreds of media outlets, see what the "Silver Scorpion" comic book is all about
  • UNITING PEOPLE THROUGH MUSIC IN SYRIAHear the music produced during this unique collaboration
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NEWS & PRESS                                FROM THE BLOG
OHI's Latest Press Release
Health Diplomacy: A Cross-Cultural Approach to Advancing Global Health Equity.
arrow Huffington Post "Post-Conflict Colombia" Blog
Get a play-by-play account about the journey that brought 16 American and Colombian public health and medical students from Cambridge to Colombia.
President Obama & Silver Scorpion
The President talks about the comic book during a speech he gave on the 25th Anniversary of the ADA.
arrow Fellowship for Young Women Entrepreneurs
Find out who the talented female founders joining the program in Amman are and learn more about their startup companies.

Demo Day Winners Announced
Find out who won our Demo Day Prize for Women Entrepreneurs.

"Burma Telling Its Own Story"
Talented young journalists went on a reporting journey together in Myanmar.
Graphic Novel Now Available
The six-part "Silver Scorpion" graphic novel is now available on Amazon.
JFK Jr. Forum on the Revolution in Egypt
"From Tahrir Square to Today" debuts on the Egyptian revolution's anniversary at Harvard.
Job Path Annual Benefit
Job Path honors OHI Chairman, Jay Snyder at the annual benefit event.
Teaching about Tolerance
A workshop for teachers in Beirut highlights diversity and inclusion using the "Silver Scorpion" comic.