During this year more than 50 members of Cimientos Graduates Network, participate in the new Online Coaching Program. Through this innovating system, low income youth are having online coaching to improve tools and skills that enable them to take full advantage of their future opportunities.
Youths are connected with volunteer mentors through a web site so they can develop coaching sessions and work on useful skills and tools. This coaching is expected to be a space for support, consultation and reflection about each youth's interests, doubts and expectations. Mentors help them in defining their own aims and projects and getting the opportunities to move towards them. This project also reinforces abilities to use new technologies as a key tool for social and professional integration.
This kind of help favors youth to appropriate tools and skills that empower them to have more personal and professional options such as obtaining scholarships and jobs in the long-term. This positively influences their family and community, helping to curb the vicious cycle of social exclusion and poverty in Argentina.
¡4 graduates got a job during their coaching!
Below you can read Liliana´s message to her mentor. Once again, we´d like to thank you for your support because thanks to it, we are changing many low- income youth lives so we hope this partnership is good for you as well and that our reports reflect the great impact of your donations. :)
María and Josefina- Graduates Network Team
Hi María Victoria!!
Thank you very much for your advises! I´ll have them in to account.
Mi first week in work was great! The people I work with is really nice with me (they respect me a lot). We are five, two boys who have been working here for long, and three girls who start working with me, one coordinator and the director, but they are not in the office all the day, they arrive at 1 PM.
I´m in the reception area, but not as a private secretary. The hardest part of the work is when someone asks me thing I don’t know! But immediately I ask to find out the correct answer, I’m doing really good and is my third week here =)
My task is to write down and take note of every person who gets in to the office, ask them the purpose of their visit and after that, derivate them to the person in charge of receiving them.
I have a question to make you, is very important for me. As I’m in the reception, I’m the visible face of the company (that’s what my boss always says me haha). I treat every one in a very formal way, even though they are young or old, I don’t make any difference. Is this all right? I like being polite, it’s a pleasure for me, but my coworkers laugh at me and make me feel i’m doing something wrong.
I hope you don’t laugh with the question =)
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! :)