Jobs, Training and Education for Argentine Youth

 
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The numbers are staggering: Fifty percent of students in Argentina do not graduate from high school, and 25 percent of 18 to 24 year olds do not go to school or work! Even with a desire to learn, children are often robbed of the opportunity to attend school due to outside factors such as money, location, and access. If not for the work of Cimientos, a non-profit focused on improving Argentina’s education system, many of these children would simply become another sad statistic.

Over the past 13 years, Cimientos has helped over 80 thousand underserved Argentine high school students stay in school, receive quality education, and access the opportunities they need to succeed. They have proven successful due to their hands on approach and ability to understand the varying needs of each child and each community. Ranging from economic support to personalized monitoring to exchange opportunities, Cimientos has developed and implemented a series of innovative programs to keep kids in school. To ensure children’s ongoing success, they work closely with parents, families, teachers, principals, and community leaders, which aids in establishing a strong support system. The impact is clear and as the network of Cimientos graduates continues to grow, the organization is developing even more programs to help them succeed!

I had the pleasure of meeting with three Cimientos representatives to learn about their newest program, the Graduates Network, and how GlobalGiving donors are helping thousands of high school graduates realize their passions and achieve their goals. Started two years ago, the Graduates Network was created in response to a growing need to help students understand that graduating high school was not the end of learning, but perhaps just the beginning.

In the U.S. it is often understood that building a resume, establishing networks, and utilizing the internet to research opportunities are necessary to secure a job or attend university. These are skills we learn early and that are instilled in us by parents, teachers and peers. For a majority of students in Argentina, however, they are the first in their families to finish high school so they lack the knowhow and support needed to tackle future goals. As a result, Cimientos guidance is essential!

The Graduate Network’s staff - which by the way is an absolutely amazing group of individuals- works tirelessly to host job training workshops, research scholarship opportunities, and connect graduates with their growing network of professional contacts. Due to the caliber of students taking part in Cimientos programs, businesses and universities throughout Argentina are even tapping into the Graduate Network’s pool of students to fill openings!

The impact has been astounding and the proof is in the numbers – In the past year thousands of graduates received training to apply for employment or continue their education, 50 participants were granted scholarships to attend university, 28 students secured jobs, and over 300 new Cimientos high school graduates joined their peers in the Graduates Network. A stark contrast to Argentina’s norm and the success stories continue to pour in!

But, continued funding for the Graduate Network is crucial to keep up this momentum and continue to improve Argentina’s education system. To read personal success stories from Graduate Network participants and learn how a donation can shape the lives of Argentine youth visit the Cimientos project page on GlobalGiving.org!

Students get their Job Training Diplomas
Students get their Job Training Diplomas

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Dear Global Giving Friends,

We hope you have had a wonderful holiday season. Last year we worked hard to keep our New Years resolutions to help our graduates, meaning that in 2010:

  • 1160 participants received useful information about education, employment or job-training opportunities.
  • 343 graduates received vital job training such as how to search for a job, computer skills training and accounting lessons.
  • 229 graduates are following our Graduates´ blog, which we created this year.
  • 50 participants were granted scholarships to further their education. 
  • 28 graduates found jobs thanks to our help.
  • 16 participants volunteered at Cimientos. 
  • 447 participants graduated from high school and Cimientos’ School Scholarship Program. 
  • 338 Cimientos new high school graduates became part of the Graduates Network. 

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 2011 and keep yours to give back by supporting us or spreading the word to your friends today!

Thanks for making it possible for low income Argentine youth to get jobs and further their education this year!

María and Sarah – Cimientos Graduates Network Team

 

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Estimados amigos de Global Giving,

Esperamos que hayan tenido muy felices fiestas. El año pasado trabajamos intensamente para lograr nuestros objetivos del año y ayudar a nuestros egresados… Fue así como en 2010:

  • 1160 jóvenes fueron asesorados con información sobre oportunidades de formación, capacitación y empleo en todo el país.
  • 343 jóvenes se capacitaron a través de cursos de orientación para la búsqueda de empleo y de conocimientos específicos.
  • 229 egresados se suscribieron al blog de egresados que creamos este año.
  • 50 jóvenes estudiaron con becas universitarias y/o terciarias.
  • 28 jóvenes consiguieron trabajo por acciones realizadas desde la Red de Egresados.
  • 16 jóvenes fueron voluntarios de Cimientos.
  • 447 jóvenes finalizaron el secundario y su participación en el Programa de Becas Escolares de Cimientos.
  • 338 nuevos egresados ya se sumaron a la Red de Egresados.

Como en nuestro caso, ¿alguna de tus metas de 2010 fue hacer alguna buena acción por otra persona? ¡Ahora podés! Ayudanos a cumplir nuestras metas para 2011 y cumplí las tuyas apoyándonos y difundiendo nuestro proyecto con tus amigos!

¡Gracias por hacer posible que jóvenes argentinos con bajos recursos consigan trabajos y tengan más y mejor educación!

María y Sarah – Equipo de la Red de Egresados de Cimientos

Emilse
Emilse

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Dear Friends,

As this year comes to a close we would like to share with you the joy of having more than 400 Cimientos scholarship recipients graduate from high school and begin their participation in our Graduates Network.

This has been a year of many achievements and concrete results in our efforts to help program graduates find employment and/or further their studies.

We bid farewell with the hope that the next year will find us together once again, working to improve opportunities for underprivileged youth in Argentina.  We would like to take this opportunity to share the words of Emilse, a recent graduate who, next year, will receive her degree as a Surgical Technician:

“When I began high school in 2005 I was selected along with others for a scholarship issued by Cimientos.  The mentor that I had was very supportive, always listening and giving me advice.  We shared many individual meetings as well as group meetings with other students where we could all support each other.

During those 3 years the scholarship helped me a great deal. I was able to buy school supplies, books, clothes, and shoes.

When I finished high school, the Cimientos Graduates Network gave me the opportunity to take a training course and helped me apply for a university scholarship.  I am now finishing my second year of university thanks to the support and mentoring that I receive every month.  I cannot express how grateful I am to the Cimientos Graduates Network and the foundation that now provides me with a scholarship.

Thanks to all of you, in one year I will graduate with a degree in something I like; but even more importantly, I will enjoy the results of refusing to give up, of rising to the challenge no matter the odds.

Simply, THANK YOU!”

Thank you for giving Emilse the chance to escape poverty and have a better future.

Happy Holidays!

The Graduates Network

 

Queridos amigos:

Para cerrar el año, queríamos compartir con ustedes la alegría de tener más de 400 jóvenes que acaban de finalizar la cursada del secundario y podrán participar de nuestra Red de Egresados.

Este fue un año de muchos logros y resultados en nuestro trabajo por favorecer la inserción laboral y educativa de nuestros egresados…

Nos despedimos, deseando que el próximo año nos encuentre juntos para seguir trabajando por los jóvenes de bajos recursos socioeconómicos de la Argentina y aprovechamos para compartir unas líneas que escribió Emilse, una de las egresadas que el próximo año recibirá su título como Instrumentadora Quirúrgica.

“Cuando comencé el colegio secundario en el año 2005 fui seleccionada junto a otros para una beca otorgada por la Fundación Cimientos.

La tutora que tuve fue un gran apoyo para mí, siempre me escuchaba y me aconsejaba. Compartimos muchos encuentros individuales y grupales con otros chicos donde nos ayudábamos entre todos.

Esos 3 años que recibí la beca me ayudaron mucho. Pude comprar los materiales para estudiar, los libros, la vestimenta y el calzado.

Cuando terminé el secundario la Red de Egresados de Cimientos me dio la oportunidad de realizar el curso de capacitación y me ayudó a gestionar una beca universitaria. Hoy estoy terminando de cursar 2º año gracias a al apoyo y acompañamiento que recibo  todos los meses y estoy más que agradecida con la Red de Egresados de Cimientos y con la Fundación que hoy me otorga la beca.

Gracias a todos ellos en un año me voy a poder recibir de lo que me gusta pero, más que nada, voy a disfrutar los resultados de no haber bajado los brazos y seguir a pesar todo.

¡Simplemente GRACIAS!”

Gracias por darle la oportunidad a Emilse a salir de la pobreza y tener un futuro mejor.

Felices Fiestas para todos,

La Red de Egresados

Learning to find work in the classifieds
Learning to find work in the classifieds

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Helping underprivileged youths who have no work experience to find jobs is a tremendous challenge!  According to a survey completed by 240 of our young participants, 60% were looking for work and 10% had been looking for work for over 1 year.

How are we helping? 269 youths have participated in training courses that teach the following:  how to write a CV, how to identify their strengths, how to complete a successful job interview, and especially how to organize their job search.

Please find testimonials from several participants below:

“I wanted to tell you that today I am starting a job as a machinist at an industrial plant, with a good salary.  I wanted to thank you and the Cimientos Graduate Network for your support with the job-training program.  I am at your disposal for whatever you need! Thank you!
Leandro, Graduate of Berazategui, Class of ‘95

“I attended the course and they helped me a ton to put together my CV, and helped address concerns I had regarding job search engines.They taught me to look for a good job, among many other things. I had many job interviews thanks to them.  Now my search is much more varied.”
Johanna, Graduate of Berazategui, Class of ‘08

We are also in touch with companies and HR departments in order to spread the word about job vacancies and recruit candidates who can then be interviewed.  Recently, 12 young adults found work through the efforts of the Cimientos Graduate Network.

“I can tell you that thanks to your email with this job announcement at Manpower I found a job, and I am currently working.  Thank you so much for acting as an intermediary and helping me to find something that I needed so badly.”
Antonella, Graduate of Capital Federal, Class of ‘09

“Thanks to you I am developing professionally at a publishing house, and I would even like to participate in a course that they are offering.  Thank you very much."
Sebastian, Graduate of Capital Federal, Class of ‘09

Your donation is helping more than 1000 Argentine kids have a present and a future with increased opportunities.

Thank you for supporting this important cause!

-Gradustes Network Team

Nuestros egresados están consiguiendo trabajo

¡Ayudar a conseguir un trabajo a jóvenes de bajos recursos y sin experiencia laboral es un gran desafío! De una encuesta que respondieron 240 de nuestros jóvenes, un 60% estaba buscando trabajo y un 10% lo hacía hace más de 1 año.

¿Cómo lo estamos ayudando? 269 chicos ya participaron de cursos de capacitación donde se les enseña a: armar su CV, que descubran sus fortalezas, cómo afrontar una entrevista laboral con éxito y muy especialmente en cómo orientar la búsqueda.

Compartimos testimonios de algunos participantes:

“Quería contarte que hoy inicio a trabajar operario en una planta industrial, con un buen sueldo.

Quería agradecerles a ustedes y a  la Red de Egresados de Cimientos por el apoyo brindado con el curso de inserción laboral. ¡Quedo a su disposición ante cualquier requerimiento! ¡¡¡Muchas Gracias!!!
Leandro, egresado de Berazategui en 2005

”Fui al curso y me ayudaron un montón en el armado del currículum, como también en las dudas que tenía con respecto a los buscadores de empleo. Me enseñaron a buscar mejor trabajo, entre muchas otras cosas. Tuve muchas entrevistas laborales gracias a ellos. Ahora tengo mayor variedad en la búsqueda.”
Johanna, egresada de Berazategui en 2008

También estamos en contacto con empresas o departamentos de Recursos Humanos para difundir  búsquedas y reclutar candidatos que luego los derivamos para ser entrevistados. En este último tiempo, 12 jóvenes consiguieron trabajo a través de la gestión de la Red de Egresados.

 “Les comento que gracias a su e-mail con este aviso para trabajar en Manpower conseguí empleo, y actualmente estoy trabajando. Desde ya muchas gracias por ser intermediario y ayudarme a conseguir algo que tanto necesitaba.”
Antonella, egresada de Capital Federal en 2008

“Gracias a ustedes yo estoy desarrollándome laboralmente en una editorial y me gustaría además poder  participar del curso que ofrecen. Desde ya muchas gracias.”
Sebastián, egresado de Capital Federal en 2009

Con su aporte está ayudando a que más de 1000 chicos argentinos tengan un presente y un futuro con más oportunidades.

¡Muchas gracias por sumarse a esta causa importante!

-Equipo de la Red de Egresados

Reviewing CV
Reviewing CV's
Job Search Training Course Certificates
Job Search Training Course Certificates
Our students at their course
Our students at their course
Participants get their course diploma
Participants get their course diploma

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On September 7th, 21 students that are currently finishing their last year of high school completed their first Digital Literacy and Job Training Course. This course took place in the computer laboratory of a school located in La Matanza, province of Buenos Aires.

Roxana, one of the participants, thanked us for the opportunity Cimientos gave her upon receiving her diploma. ¨It was a good opportunity to learn about computing because none of us have a computer at home and we did not know anything about computers. Because of the course, we have learned how to use one as well as certain programs and can now use the internet. We also learned how to write a resume in order to apply for a job when we finish high school.¨

We will soon start a second course with students from the City of Buenos Aires, one of the many examples of how Cimientos will continue to support low income youth to empower them to get a job and succeed.

Thank you very much for your support!

El 7 de septiembre 21 jóvenes que actualmente están cursando su último año del secundario finalizaron el primer curso de Alfabetización Digital y Orientación para la búsqueda de Empleo organizado por la Red de Egresados en conjunto con otra ONG. Este curso se dictó en el laboratorio de computación de una escuela del Partido de La Matanza, provincia de Buenos Aires.

El detalle de los objetivos del curso ya se los comentamos en el reporte de junio pero queremos compartir con ustedes algunas fotos de la entrega de diploma.

Roxana, una de las participantes, aprovechó el día de la entrega de diplomas para agradecernos por la oportunidad brindada: “Fue una muy buena oportunidad para aprender informática ya que ninguno de nosotros tiene computadora en su casa y no sabíamos nada. En el curso aprendimos a usarla, manejando algunos programas y navegando por Internet. También pudimos armar nuestro CV para poder buscar trabajo apenas terminemos el secundario”. Próximamente iniciaremos una segunda experiencia con jóvenes de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

¡Muchas gracias por su colaboración!

Participants with their course diplomas
Participants with their course diplomas
Maria and Gabriela show off their achievement
Maria and Gabriela show off their achievement

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Organization

Fundacion Cimientos

Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Capital Federal, Argentina
http://www.cimientos.org

Project Leader

Maria Hilaire

Capital Federal, Buenos Aires Argentina

Where is this project located?

Map of Jobs, Training and Education for Argentine Youth