VISIONAR continues to help deserving students in Argentina. Thanks to the support of our generous donors, and to the continued dedication of Atrapasuenos members and volunteers, three new students now enjoy full scholarships to attend college. Gastón Alberto Madera, 17, María Angela Contreras, 18, and Maximiliano Alejandro Senno, 17, were selected in January 2010 for their academic performance and leadership potential, and now join continuing scholars Emiliano Gudiño, Carolina González, Elizabeth Quinteros and Karen Centurión.
Gaston enrolled in Agronomy studies; Maria Angela will pursue Accounting, and Maximiliano started a Chemical Engineering program at Universidad Tecnologica Nacional in San Francisco, Argentina.
VISIONAR wishes all its seven scholars the best success in the 2010 academic year!
One of our 2010 goals is to continue to engage the donor community, not only by showing our progress in supporting college students, but also by providing opportunities for our donors' own personal and professional development.
On March 4th, VISIONAR organized a workshop in Chicago, led by innovation expert Adam Shames, entitled: THE TIME FOR INNOVATION IS NOW: CREATIVITY COMPETENCIES FOR INDIVIDUAL AND CULTURE CHANGE. In this interactive session, Adam Shames taught the competences that are essential to the creative process, and that can be applied to our professional or personal activities.
In Adam's unique approach, innovation and creativity skills were demonstrated through the lens of Argentine cultural traits. For instance, to demonstrate flexibility and adaptation skills, essential to foster creative solutions, Adam invited the audience to practice tango steps, where the male dancer leads and the female dancer typically follows. Adam surprised us by requesting that roles be reversed, and that women lead the dance while men followed.
We left Adam's session energized and inspired. Increased awareness on VISIONAR scholarships, new contacts, newly learned creativity skills and an overall positive energy summarize the outcome of this great workshop!
VISIONAR supporters have reasons to be proud. All five students we are sponsoring are making progress toward their college degrees. They are driven, smart, hard working, and their efforts are paying off. VISIONAR is providing these young Argentines with the opportunity to study. In return, VISIONAR asks for their serious commitment to success. VISIONAR requires a minimum GPA of 7.00, which is equivalent to a “B” in the American grading system, and at least 4 hours of community service per month. VISIONAR is managed seamlessly by a local non-profit organization, Atrapasueños, run by Miss Evelina Feraudo. Atrapasueños board member Graciela Asis is instrumental in the success of VISIONAR in Argentina. Graciela is the on-site manager and mentor to the students. VISIONAR is very thankful to Graciela and Evelina for joining us in making this dream come true.
Please read the attached newsletter for further details on the student's progress!