Last July 23, for the first time in Cimientos, we invited pupils who graduate from school this year with our sholarship for a special lunch at our office. Taking advantage of their winter holidays, we held this event to get to know them and welcome them to our Graduates Network.
32 students participated! They came from many places of Buenos Aires: Villa Soldati, Villa Lugano, Beccar, Guernica, José C. Paz, Florencia Varela and Santos Lugares. Some of them had to travel more than 2 hours to get to our office.
All of them received “Guias del Estudiante” which are guides donated by an Argentine editorial than contain information of every private and public university. We also gave them useful information about university scholarships available for those who want to continue studying next year but can´t afford it.
Then Antonella, a 2007 graduate who we invited to share her experience with them. talked about her high school graduation, how she felt at that moment, how she decided to study to be a lawyer and how she obtained a job in order to cover her studies. They all listened carefully and made lot of questions about their personal and professional future options. She gave some advice to them and they were really grateful for it.
Finally we went all together to the movies to watch “Metegol”. ¡We had a beautiful and special afternoon with them!
Nora, from José C. Paz said: “It was a great day! I really I enjoyed meeting you all”.
We hope to keep on counting on your support to help argentine youth achieve higher education and obtain jobs so that they can escape poverty.
María and Josefina (Graduates Network team)
As you already know, one of our main goals in Cimientos Graduates Network is to help our high school graduates obtain jobs.
In Argentina, there are now 900,000 youth who neither study nor work. This situation exposes them to vulnerability and danger. In Cimientos Graduates Network, we work to change this terrible situation!
In recent months, we offered 50 job opportunities from different non profit organizations and firms that work with us. We also invite them to workshops about job search, in order to help them get a better job. Participants learned how to prepare a resume, they receive tips for job interviews, and other important advice for future employment. These workshops also help youth appreciate and give real meaning to work.
Last but not least, we want to share Juan´s words about our work. He participated in one of these workshops and also volunteered in Cimientos annual raising funds event:
“There is no way to give back Cimientos what they did for us on a stage of our life that is really important. They gave us an incredible support, they always are there telling us that nothing is impossible with proposition and commitment.”
Next Sunday is Mother`s Day in USA. If you want to give your mother a gift, please consider a gift card so that she can make a donation to our project and you both can share the gift of giving! :)
On Wednesday March 13th, GlobalGiving is hosting a Bonus Day! If you donate to 'Job Training and Education for Argentine Youth' Project. on Wednesday, Global Giving will match your donation by 30%increasing your impact!
If you want to make a contribution to our cause, Wednesday would be the perfect day to do it. Another huge help would be if you spread the word with your friends and family –or share the link on your blog or social networks, use the share with a friend feature on the project page to email your network, or just bring us up in conversation. This could increase our donors as well as our possibilities of reaching more poor Argentine youth!
An exciting update on our progress is that in February, José Ignacio López, a graduate from the northern province of Corrientes, came to Buenos Aires for the first time to participate in a youth leadership conference. While in attendance, José had the opportunity to meet 16 youth from 10 different provinces and participate in leadership workshops as well as meet with profesional mentors. He was also interviewed by Radio Cultura (Radio Culture).
This whole experience was an amazing opportunity for José, who told us:
"I’m so happy because this trip has been so rewarding, not only for me but also for all of the other young people that participated. I’ve met some wonderful people that really supported and guided me. When I got to the hotel, I met up with all the other youth participants, with whom I shared some truly unforgettable moments, and which surpassed all of my prior expectations,
This experience has been very valuable for me and has taught me so much, I went to the Cimientos office and all of the lovely staff that works there day in and day out to help so many young people all over Argentina spread their infectious positive energy. They made me feel like I was in my own home. So truly happy, and now I’m going to pass on all of this acquired happiness to my hometown, where I will carry out 3 cultural outings with 15 youth to help build community and solidarity, and to make this country better. There is little more tos ay but thank you, thank you so much to Cimientos por giving me this opportunity. I hope that I can do it again. I’m sending you lots of love and gratitude!!
At Cimientos, we work so that more and more kids can achieve their dreams and through the Graduates Network, we help them develop their own unique life plans. José is one of the 1200 young people who receive educational and profesional opportunities from the Graduates Network as a result of support from people like you. Thank you!"