NAYEN "Memo" Book Project 2019

The idea of a book donation was first introduced in 2007, at the then USA-Canada Conference in Philadelphia.
President Dan Bronson had the vision of many people making a small contribution of a single book, which would have a big impact on a local impoverished
school. Each year the North American Youth Exchange Network (NAYEN) provides local school(s) with books and literacy supplies as a way of giving back to the city, in which
the conference is held.
The NAYEN Book Project was renamed the “Memo” Book Project in memory of Rotarian Guillermo Lopez Portillo who passed away November 24, 2015. Guillermo was an avid supporter of NAYEN and Rotary Youth Exchange. Rotarian Guillermo Lopez Portillo was fondly known to most as “Memo".

The beneficiary of the 2019 conference is Place Bridge Academy in Denver, Colorado. 


Place Bridge Academy is a K-8, Title I school within Denver Public Schools.  They have around 92% minority population and 95% Free/reduced lunch.  It is a school for refugees and newcomers from around the world. It is also one of the largest, if not the largest, elementary school in DPS.  

More than 60 different languages and over 40 different countries from around the world are represented in our student body, and our school stands behind a foundation of acceptance and inclusiveness. In order to address the unique needs of our newly arriving refugee and immigrant students, Place Bridge Academy has “Newcomer Centers” alongside our mainstream classrooms in grades K-6 to provide concentrated English language development.

Book Fair

Scholastic will be on site with their mobile book fair! Stop by to check out classroom wish lists and help contribute to classroom sets of novels and other needed materials. 
The fair will run from March 14-March 16 at noon. 

Funds marked as book fair donations through the registration system will be pooled and donated to the teachers & librarians at Place Bridge Academy.