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),
In Argentina, where nearly 20% of young people neither study nor work, the need to develop actions to give more opportunities to new generations is reinforced. This is the reason why young people who end their participation in the Future Graduate Program get into the Graduate Network, created to contribute building bridges to get them closer to their goals.
¡One of the main actions of the Network is the Online Coaching! Through this innovating system, more than 30 young graduates that had common target - to choose superior studies, to look for a job, or to have a good performance in their present suited – where matched through a virtual platform with volunteer mentors that were specially trained and summoned by Cimientos.
Through Online Coaching, mentors provide a wide range of proposals varying from vocational interest, places where to study, scholarships to which apply, CV formats and presentation letters, online jobs search engines and guides to learn how to study, and more! This mentoring is expected to enable each youngster to identify their achievements, to recognize aspects of improvement and to be a space for support, consultation and reflection about their own interests, doubts and expectations for their future.
Our programs’ protagonists are young people that face the challenge of building their adult lives. Our experience indicates that mentoring helps youngsters achieve their goals. This virtual coaching to graduate fortifies our idea that many youngsters find in their coach a word, tool or strategy they need to keep going on.
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Last year we worked hard to keep our New Years resolutions to help our graduates, meaning that in 2012:
Like us, is one of your New Years resolutions to do a good deed for someone else? Now you can! Help us keep our New Year’s resolutions for 2014 and keep yours to give back by supporting us or by spreading the word to your friends about the life-changing work we do today! Consider giving gift cards to your family and friends or even your loved one as a present for Valentines Day! Give the gift of giving!
Thanks for making it possible for low income Argentine youth to get jobs and further their education this year!
María and Josefina– Cimientos Graduates Network Team
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Ciudad de Buenos Aires,