Dear GlobalGiving Friends,
Last year we worked hard to keep our New Years resolutions to help our graduates, meaning that in 2011:
Like us, was 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 2012 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!
Thanks for making it possible for low income Argentine youth to get jobs and further their education this year!
María and Teresa – Cimientos Graduates Network Team
Others, like Cimientos' students, don't have the same support system that we do, and need a little more help than the rest of us to just get by. Many of our students lack the integral resources that are so easy for us to take for granted. The personalized mentoring Cimientos´ Graduates Network provides gives students that added push they need in the right direction, helping them reach for their dreams and gain the confidence and vital tools they need to succeed both personally and professionally.
To truly make a difference, please contribute to our cause today, and help change a student's life in an incredibly meaningful way, for the better. If you give a gift card a present, Globalgiving could donate extra money to our project! Together, we can help the students who need us most, and give them a great reason to be thankful this holiday´ seasons.
In this report you can find Mónica´s picture, one of our high school students who then received a university scholarship thanks to Cimientos´ Graduates Network and graduated last 12/07!!!! You can change low income youth lives like we already did together with Mónica!!!
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.
Cimientos Graduates Network Coordinator
PS Check out our new donation options that we´ve included in our Project´ page!
*Versión en español a continuación
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.
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.
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:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150282554958749&set=a.10150282554713749.352286.5878048748&type=1&pid=7794883&id=5878048748 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 http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/job-training-education-argentine-youth-alumni/photos/ Hope you like the new ones!! :)
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