Offering free, accelerated elementary and middle school education and technical training for students up to 26 years of age, the Scheel Center, helps drop-outs go Back to School and strive for success, despite their difficult backgrounds. In our last update we spoke about expanding horizons, this time we step into action!
For young people with energy and creative spirit, dance offers a great outlet that teaches confidence, discipline, teamwork, and encourages expression.
Scheel Center staff and volunteers work hard to promote positive expression, so students can learn to set and reach for challenging goals, and learn to both excel and to stumble and recover. Of course music is a vital and near universal form of both expression and entertainment for youth.
These photos follow the rise of Scheel youth in a form of gymnastic dance known as 'streamer dancing', from their earliest steps in 2009. Scheel youth were Jocotenango champions for the first time in 2009, competing with 23 Jocotenango teams beating all schools for a first place trophy. In 2010, they competed against 16 schools and won first place allowing them to compete in national competitions against 22 depatamentos from all over Guatemala, finishing 4th. Now, Scheel youth have earned 3 first place finishes at the national level.
More import, we are very proud of these guys and gals who compete with love, discipline, responsibility and pride in being students at the Scheel center. We hope you agree that this helps them to enjoy their education and be motivated to continue their studies and not be bound by roots of poverty or family problems.
While another school year will soon end, our programing will continue during the annual break with a special Literacy building program and extra catch-up classes for students.
Our staff, volunteers and students sincerely appreciate your interest and generous support in our educational and skills training programs!
With your continued support we are able to offer these types of positive opportunites for our students and to offer a quality program that sees youth step confidently into brighter futures!
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