Jobs, Training and Education for Argentine Youth

Oct 17, 2011

S.O.S! Globalgivings last Bonus Day of the year!

Cimientos first participants after its foundation
Cimientos first participants after its foundation

Dear friends,

On Wednesday October 19th, GlobalGiving is hosting its last Bonus Day of the year! If you donate to 'Job Training and Education for Argentine Youth' Project. on Wednesday, Global Giving will match your donation by 30%, increasing your impact!

As you can imagine, this is a wonderful opportunity for Cimientos to help fund our Project which will provide poor Argentine youth who graduated high-school and Cimientos programs with good job opportunities, employment tools and education resources so they can obtain jobs, receive a higher education and escape poverty.

 If you want to make another contribution to our cause, Wednesday would be a perfect day. Another huge help would be just spreading the word with your friends and family about our project - share the link on your blogs or social networks, use the tell-a-friend feature on the project page to email your network, or just bring us up in conversation. This could increase our donors as well as our possibilities of reaching more poor Agentine youth!

October is a very special month for Cimientos. On Thursday 13th we celebrated 14 years of hard work promoting equal educational opportunities for children and youth from low income families.

Thank you again for all you have done yourself to help this cause and please write to us if you would like to recieve any other information about our work.

With gratitude,

María Hilaire

Cimientos Graduates Network Coordinator

PS Check out our new donation options that we´ve included in our Project´ page!

Sep 24, 2011

Celebrating important dates!

Graduates at International Young Leaders Summit
Graduates at International Young Leaders Summit

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Dear Friends:

The months of August and September are full of important dates to be observed around the globe and on both sides of the equator: International Youth Day (8/12), Children’s Day (8/21 in Argentina), Labor Day (9/5 in the US), Student’s Day and Teacher’s Day (9/11 and 9/21, respectively, in Argentina), and of course, these months mark the beginning of a brand new school year in the US.

In the spirit of these special holidays, we’d like to share some of the things we’ve been up to in the past several months as well as relevant testimonies from the children, themselves:

- On August 12th we attended the International Young Leaders’ Summit with 13 graduates, who were able to listen to inspiring leaders from different countries and share an enriching day with hundreds of young people from all over Latin America.

“I would like to thank Cimientos again for this incredible opportunity – I’m thrilled to have participated; the testimonies and advice shared by all of the speakers has motivated and inspired me! MANY THANKS!!!” – Daisy

- Today there are already more than 50 young people who have found employment in less than a year, and we are still collaborating with more than 20 businesses to continue providing opportunities to young people of minimal resources who are fighting to overcome poverty.

“Thank you, Cimientos, for helping me find a new job, and for always supporting me! I am truly happy!!” – Luciana

- We began negotiating university scholarships in collaboration with Argentine universities of the highest caliber, with the hope that in 2012, there will be more young people who will have access to a quality education at the college level.

“I am currently studying to be a surgical technician at an excellent school. Thank you again.” – Marcelo

Thank you for continuing to support equal opportunities in education for children from low-income families in Argentina, and also for supporting the professional development of our graduates as they enter the workforce. 

María Hilaire


Queridos amigos:

En agosto y septiembre se están celebrando fechas importantes: el Día Internacional de la Juventud (12/8), el Día del Niño (21/8 en Argentina), el Día del Trabajo (5/9 en USA), el Día del Maestro y del Estudiante (11/9 y 21/9 en Argentina) y el comienzo de clases (septiembre, en USA).

Para celebrar estas fechas, les compartimos algunas de las cosas que hicimos durante estos meses así como testimonios de los propios jóvenes:

-El 12/8 asistimos a la Cumbre Internacional de Jóvenes Líderes con 13 egresados, quienes pudieron escuchar a líderes de diferentes países y compartir un día muy enriquecedor con cientos de jóvenes de América Latina.

“Nuevamente doy gracias a Cimientos por esta gran oportunidad, me gustó mucho haber participado y el testimonio y los consejos que nos dieron todos los expositores me sirvieron para motivarme e inspirarme. ¡¡MUCHAS GRACIAS!!”, Daisy.

- Hoy ya son más de 50 los jóvenes que consiguieron trabajo en menos de un año y seguimos trabajando junto a más de 20 empresas para continúen brindando oportunidades a jóvenes de bajos recursos que están peleando por salir de la pobreza.

“¡¡Gracias Cimientos!! ¡¡Por ayudarme a cambiar de empleo!! ¡¡Y por apoyarme siempre!! ¡¡Estoy feliz!!!”, Luciana.

- Comenzamos a gestionar becas universitarias junto a universidades argentinas de primer nivel, a fin de que en 2012, haya más jóvenes que puedan estudiar una carrera y acceder a docentes y una educación de calidad.

“Yo estoy estudiando Instrumentación Quirúrgica, es muy buena la facultad, gracias nuevamente.”, Marcelo.

Gracias por seguir apoyándonos para trabajar por la igualdad de oportunidades educativas de niños y jóvenes de bajos recursos socioeconómicos de Argentina así como por la inserción laboral de nuestros egresados.


Aug 12, 2011

Help us win $ 1.000 by “liking” our picture in FB!

Photo which is finalist on the GG´s contest
Photo which is finalist on the GG´s contest

Dear friends,

Our 'Jobs, Training and Education for Argentine Youth' has been selected for the first time as a finalist in GlobalGiving's Photo Contest! Whoever gets the most “likes”  wins $1000 and this would help us organize Job-Training courses for more tan 400 low-income youth who are about to graduate from school!

To like our photo, first click “like” GlobalGiving ´s Facebook page and then click “like” on our picture, which you can find on this link:  in the Give Knowledge category.  Please spread the Word among your family and friends!

We've got until 8/17 to gather as many "likes" as we can!

Thank you so much for making the difference!! 


María Hilaire- Cimientos Graduates Network Coordinator

PS You can check all of the project´ pictures we´ve been uploading if you go to Hope you like the new ones!! :)

Jul 21, 2011

On behalf of the freedom of our youth…

Antonela´s testimony as a Cimientos scholar- 05.11
Antonela´s testimony as a Cimientos scholar- 05.11

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Dear friend:

On the 4th and the 9th of July, respectively, both the United States and Argentina observed Independence Day. These are days on which we celebrate Liberty, pausing to gratefully remember the individual liberties we all enjoy – just as our nations won the right to pursue their own destinies and our forefathers won the freedom to choose how they wanted to live and who they wanted to be. Please collaborate with us so that every child in Argentina can also have the opportunity to choose his or her path in life.

In this issue, we’re sharing photos of some of the activities in which Cimientos graduates have volunteered their time and energy to help raise funds and brainstorm new projects. Also included are photos of the Graduate Network’s first meeting of the year, which was held in May and attended by 20 graduates.

Best regards,

María Hilaire (Cimientos Graduate Network Coordinator)

Querido amigo:

El 4 y 9 de Julio EEUU y Argentina respectivamente festejaron su Día de la Independencia. Son días en que se rinde homenaje a la libertad… Nuestros países tuvieron la libertad de elegir su camino, qué y quiénes querían ser y qué querían hacer…Ayudá a que los chicos de Argentina puedan tener la misma oportunidad de elegir su camino, colaborando con la Red de Egresados de Cimientos.

En esta edición, les presentamos fotos de algunas actividades en las que los egresados participaron como voluntarios para diseñar nuevos proyectos o recaudar fondos, así como otras del primer encuentro de egresados que realizamos en mayo y contó con 20 jóvenes participantes.


María Hilaire (coordinadora de la Red de Egresados de Cimientos)

Graduate volunteers at annual fundraising dinner
Graduate volunteers at annual fundraising dinner
Graduate 1st. assembly in Buenos Aires- 05.2011
Graduate 1st. assembly in Buenos Aires- 05.2011
Sharing a mate at their first get-together- 05.11
Sharing a mate at their first get-together- 05.11


Apr 28, 2011

Leandro´s Story

Leandro at the law firm
Leandro at the law firm

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Dear friends:

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

Queridos amigos:

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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Fundacion Cimientos

Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Capital Federal, Argentina

Project Leader

Maria Hilaire

Capital Federal, Buenos Aires Argentina

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Map of Jobs, Training and Education for Argentine Youth