Last Friday, April 10th, we enjoyed a whole day with our graduates at our “Annual Fall Meeting”.
In the morning, everyone attended a talk where they learnt about studying technics, important skills for youths who are just starting University and will soon prepare their first exams.
During lunch we could all share our first jobs experiences and the older youths guided the younger about their first year at University. Cimientos had prepared some gifts to raffle among the assistants, and these were given away during dessert time.
In the afternoon, the assistants could choose between two workshops: Job seeking orientation and First steps at University.
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My name is Catalina, I have recently joined Graduates Network team, replacing Josefina. I am very happy to be part of this team and work to support teenagers who have finished high school to broaden their educational and labor opportunities.
Through education, we construct a better future for youth of our country and develop a fairer and more equal Argentina.
Financial support is very important to achieve our goals.
Next 19th March, we have Cimientos XV Annual Fundraising dinner. This year the motto is “We are education”. It invites people to think about the impact of their education in their lives. Education is a key factor to promote changes in our society and to decide our future.
It is the most important event we conduct in the year, where we present our organization and look forward to receiving donations which will be assigned to Cimientos’ programs.
60 organizations and 500 people, will be participating in this event on Thursday. Among them, business people, authorities, diplomats, faculty, politicians and journalists,
Also, graduated students will be participating as volunteers to collaborate with the organization and be in contact with the guests.
We invite you to be part of this Fundraising event and hope we can count with your support to continue helping Argentine youth building a better future.
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Last Wednesday (12/17) we held the last Graduates meeting of the year with 35 low- income youth. December is a really special month to us because school classes finish in Argentina to then start holidays so it´s a great month to celebrate the graduation of new children. This year we had more than 400 youth that finish high school and many of them got excellent grades and were the best pupils of their whole class!!!!!
On the morning, we invited 8 volunteers who gave incredible "TED talks" to the new graduates, sharing their stories and also useful advice to achieve their goals.
After lunch, we organized a raffle with prices donated by different firms and all of them were able to win something so they were thrilled. On the afternoon, each of them participated in different workshops to help them choose what to keep on studying after high school or how to start looking for a job.
December is also a special month because all over the world people celebrate Christmas and New Year and like to give special presents to their beloved ones. Please consider giving a gift card of our project to your family and friends. This can make a huge difference to our project, increasing our impact in low-income youth lives!
Happy Holidays and best regards,
Last July 23, we invited Cimientos 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.
52 students participated! They came from many places of Buenos Aires: Merlo, Soldati, Pte. Perón, Lugano, Longchamps, Barracas, Ensenada Laferrere and Florencio Varela. 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.
Ater lunch, some of them stayed for a vocational guidance workshop delievered by a psichologist from the University of Barceló, in order to make them think about their future.
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)
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In this report we want to share with you how Javier and Mariela are working together… Mariela is Javier´s mentor and she is helping him to look for a job. During this first month of online mentoring Mariela checked Javier´s resume and suggested changes in order to improve his job search. She corrected errors and also sent to Javier some useful material to write his presentation letter.
“Hi Mariela! I´m sorry it took me so long to answer, I had trouble with mi Internet connection. I`m really excited with your mentoring, it means huge help to me =). I´ve already done my resume but it doesn’t have a picture yet. I have some queries about it, for example, should I mention that I´m still not working although I have a degree? Is the “Language” part well written? I thank you very much in advance all the help you can give me to correct it. Big hug! Javier”
Mariela sent him all the corrections and they are finishing his resume! She is so happy with the progress that she wrote to the rest of the mentors a beautiful testimony:
“Hi Everyone! In my case, we are working with Javier in the modification of his resume and searching a part-time job for him. I send him some models for him to copy, and I just corrected his first version and suggested some changes. I also sent Javier useful information that we share in this forum, and we communicate via e-mail too. I feel he is very motivated to rise his opportunities and he is very grateful with this mentoring. It’s very rewarding for me! Greetings! Mariela.
Best regards and Happy Independence Day for both U.S.A (07/04) and Argentina (07/09),
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