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This week, while many American students are enjoying Spring Break, thousands of Argentine teenagers are studying and looking for jobs in order to pay for college, which will afford them a more promising future and more opportunities to overcome poverty.
We rely on your continued support to enable more Argentine teenagers to study and work. You can help us give children like Leandro a chance to improve their circumstances…
“My name is Leandro, and I am 19 years old. In 2004 I was given a scholarship by Cimientos Scholarship Program, and Cimientos continued to sponsor me until I graduated from high school in 2009.
Cimientos Graduate Network continues to support sponsored students after graduation, offering career advice and job search assistance according to each student’s major and professional skillset.
Thus, as a beginning law student, I was contacted and offered a position at a prestigious legal practice. The group of lawyers reached out to me, extending me their trust and support despite my inexperience in the world of legal research. From the very beginning, I have felt entirely comfortable and at ease, and I know that everything I’m learning is essential to my future as an attorney.
I am as grateful to Cimientos as I am to the law firm for the opportunity with which they have jointly provided me. I feel truly happy given all that I have been able to accomplish during the past several years, and it is my hope that my experience will serve as an example to other businesses that could potentially hire and train young people seeking professional experience.”
La Historia de Leandro
En estos días, mientras los estudiantes americanos están de vacaciones, miles de jóvenes argentinos están estudiando y buscando trabajo para poder solventar su carrera universitaria, que le permitirá tener un futuro con más y mejores oportunidades para salir de la pobreza.
¡Ayúdennos a que más chicos como Leandro puedan cambiar su destino! Necesitamos continuar recibiendo su apoyo para lograr que más jóvenes argentinos puedan estudiar y trabajar…
“Mi nombre es Leandro, tengo 19 años, fui becado por el Programa de Becas Escolares de Cimientos, desde el año 2004 hasta que egresé del secundario en el 2009.
La Red de Egresados de Cimientos continúa con el seguimiento a sus becados, ofreciendo búsquedas laborales de acuerdo a la carrera que cada uno continúa. Y así fue como se contactaron conmigo, que estudio Abogacía.
Me ofrecieron un puesto laboral en un estudio jurídico de gran importancia y prestigio. A pesar de mis pocos conocimientos en cuanto a lo jurídico, el grupo de abogados me brindó su apoyo y confianza desde un principio, por lo que me sentí muy cómodo y a gusto. Todo lo que estoy aprendiendo es importantísimo para mis estudios y mi futuro desempeño como abogado.
Agradezco tanto a Cimientos como al estudio jurídico por todo lo que me han brindado. Me siento realmente muy bien y estoy feliz por todo lo que he podido lograr en estos años. Ojalá esto sirva de ejemplo para que otras empresas puedan contratar y formar a jóvenes que quieran realizar experiencias laborales. “
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March has been an exciting month for us here at Cimientos, as classes have started back up and Argentine students that have the means to attend have headed back to school. One of these students is Jennifer, a college sophomore who was granted a scholarship to attend thanks to Cimientos’ support. Jennifer shares her inspirational story of personal empowerment, achievement and how Cimientos helped her surmount formidable barriers with us below.
In a month as important as March in Argentina, when so many kids are struggling to stay in school due to economic hardship, we are reminded of the importance of giving more students like Jennifer the chance to go to school, get a good education and escape poverty. By giving us your continued support by donating and spreading the word to your friends and family that also believe, like us, that education can change the world, you have the opportunity to give the gift of opportunity to those that need it most.
If you donate to low-income youth in Argentina TODAY (Wednesday, March 16th), Global Giving will match your donation by 30%, increasing your impact!
Thank you for helping make back to school an exciting and enriching time for anyone who wants to keep learning!
The Cimientos Team
“Thanks Cimientos!! Thanks to this wonderful NGO I got to go to high school…Not letting Cimientos down and not giving up on myself was a huge challenge. I received a scholarship for 5 whole years though to make it happen!!
Thanks to you, I now have the possibility of studying at a great university. I want to let you know that I love the place where I study and I´m trying to keep up with it. I’m studying Business Administration at the UADE University and I hope I’ll do really well! I´m gonna keep making an effort, studying and thanking Cimientos for all it did, does and will keep doing for me!!
Cimientos is one of the best things in life that can happen to you…if you take advantage of it!! Thanks Cimientos and thanks to its donors for making my life a life with bigger and better ambitions!!” - Jennifer
¡Alumnos vuelven a la escuela!
En marzo, los jóvenes argentinos comenzaron sus clases, tanto en la escuela como en la universidad. Necesitamos continuar recibiendo su apoyo para lograr que más jóvenes como Jennifer accedan a una educación de calidad y así puedan escapar de la pobreza.
¡Si hoy (miércoles 16 de marzo) haces una donación a jóvenes con bajos recursos económicos, Global Giving donará un 30% adicional y tu impacto será mayor!
Gracias por tu apoyo!
Equipo de Cimientos
Testimonio de Jennifer
“¡¡GRACIAS CIMIENTOS!! Gracias a esta hermosa fundación yo pude estudiar toda mi secundaria con un gran incentivo....No decepcionarlos ni decepcionarme a mi misma... ¡¡Fui becada durante 5 años!!
Gracias a ustedes, yo hoy tengo la posibilidad de estudiar en una gran universidad. Quiero contarles que me encanta el lugar en el que estudio y estoy tratando de adaptarme al ritmo universitario. ¡Estoy estudiando Administración de Empresas en la Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE) y espero que me vaya muy bien! ¡¡VOY A SEGUIR ESFORZÁNDOME, ESTUDIANDO Y AGRADECIENDO A CIMIENTOS POR TODO LO QUE HA HECHO, HACE Y SEGUIRÁ HACIENDO POR MI!!
CIMIENTOS ES UNA DE LAS MEJORES COSAS QUE TE PUEDEN PASAR EN LA VIDA...¡¡¡SI LA SABES APROVECHAR!!! ¡¡GRACIAS CIMIENTOS Y GRACIAS A LOS DONANTES POR HACER DE MI VIDA UNA VIDA CON GRANDES y MEJORES ASPIRACIONES!!”
Clarissa is a GlobalGiving In-the-Field Volunteer. She is visiting GlobalGiving's projects in South America and writing postcards to donors to let them know how their donations are having an impact. Read other postcards from the field here: http://www.globalgiving.org/inthefield/.
The numbers are staggering: Fifty percent of students in Argentina do not graduate from high school, and 25 percent of 18 to 24 year olds do not go to school or work! Even with a desire to learn, children are often robbed of the opportunity to attend school due to outside factors such as money, location, and access. If not for the work of Cimientos, a non-profit focused on improving Argentina’s education system, many of these children would simply become another sad statistic. Over the past 13 years, Cimientos has helped over 80 thousand underserved Argentine high school students stay in school, receive quality education, and access the opportunities they need to succeed. They have proven successful due to their hands on approach and ability to understand the varying needs of each child and each community. Ranging from economic support to personalized monitoring to exchange opportunities, Cimientos has developed and implemented a series of innovative programs to keep kids in school. To ensure children’s ongoing success, they work closely with parents, families, teachers, principals, and community leaders, which aids in establishing a strong support system. The impact is clear and as the network of Cimientos graduates continues to grow, the organization is developing even more programs to help them succeed! I had the pleasure of meeting with three Cimientos representatives to learn about their newest program, the Graduates Network, and how GlobalGiving donors are helping thousands of high school graduates realize their passions and achieve their goals. Started two years ago, the Graduates Network was created in response to a growing need to help students understand that graduating high school was not the end of learning, but perhaps just the beginning. In the U.S. it is often understood that building a resume, establishing networks, and utilizing the internet to research opportunities are necessary to secure a job or attend university. These are skills we learn early and that are instilled in us by parents, teachers and peers. For a majority of students in Argentina, however, they are the first in their families to finish high school so they lack the knowhow and support needed to tackle future goals. As a result, Cimientos guidance is essential! The Graduate Network’s staff - which by the way is an absolutely amazing group of individuals- works tirelessly to host job training workshops, research scholarship opportunities, and connect graduates with their growing network of professional contacts. Due to the caliber of students taking part in Cimientos programs, businesses and universities throughout Argentina are even tapping into the Graduate Network’s pool of students to fill openings! The impact has been astounding and the proof is in the numbers – In the past year thousands of graduates received training to apply for employment or continue their education, 50 participants were granted scholarships to attend university, 28 students secured jobs, and over 300 new Cimientos high school graduates joined their peers in the Graduates Network. A stark contrast to Argentina’s norm and the success stories continue to pour in! But, continued funding for the Graduate Network is crucial to keep up this momentum and continue to improve Argentina’s education system. To read personal success stories from Graduate Network participants and learn how a donation can shape the lives of Argentine youth visit the Cimientos project page on GlobalGiving.org!