Check out VISIONEWS, our Spring 2010 newsletter!
- Three new scholarships awarded this year!
- Meet our Board of Directors
- Meet one of our volunteers in San Francisco, Argentina
- Learn about VISIONAR's recent events in Chicago
One of our 2010 goals is to continue to engage the donor community, not only by showing our progress in supporting college students, but also by providing opportunities for our donors' own personal and professional development.
On March 4th, VISIONAR organized a workshop in Chicago, led by innovation expert Adam Shames, entitled: THE TIME FOR INNOVATION IS NOW: CREATIVITY COMPETENCIES FOR INDIVIDUAL AND CULTURE CHANGE. In this interactive session, Adam Shames taught the competences that are essential to the creative process, and that can be applied to our professional or personal activities.
In Adam's unique approach, innovation and creativity skills were demonstrated through the lens of Argentine cultural traits. For instance, to demonstrate flexibility and adaptation skills, essential to foster creative solutions, Adam invited the audience to practice tango steps, where the male dancer leads and the female dancer typically follows. Adam surprised us by requesting that roles be reversed, and that women lead the dance while men followed.
We left Adam's session energized and inspired. Increased awareness on VISIONAR scholarships, new contacts, newly learned creativity skills and an overall positive energy summarize the outcome of this great workshop!
VISIONAR continues to help deserving students in Argentina. Thanks to the support of our generous donors, and to the continued dedication of Atrapasuenos members and volunteers, three new students now enjoy full scholarships to attend college. Gastón Alberto Madera, 17, María Angela Contreras, 18, and Maximiliano Alejandro Senno, 17, were selected in January 2010 for their academic performance and leadership potential, and now join continuing scholars Emiliano Gudiño, Carolina González, Elizabeth Quinteros and Karen Centurión.
Gaston enrolled in Agronomy studies; Maria Angela will pursue Accounting, and Maximiliano started a Chemical Engineering program at Universidad Tecnologica Nacional in San Francisco, Argentina.
VISIONAR wishes all its seven scholars the best success in the 2010 academic year!
VISIONAR supporters have reasons to be proud. All five students we are sponsoring are making progress toward their college degrees. They are driven, smart, hard working, and their efforts are paying off. VISIONAR is providing these young Argentines with the opportunity to study. In return, VISIONAR asks for their serious commitment to success. VISIONAR requires a minimum GPA of 7.00, which is equivalent to a “B” in the American grading system, and at least 4 hours of community service per month. VISIONAR is managed seamlessly by a local non-profit organization, Atrapasueños, run by Miss Evelina Feraudo. Atrapasueños board member Graciela Asis is instrumental in the success of VISIONAR in Argentina. Graciela is the on-site manager and mentor to the students. VISIONAR is very thankful to Graciela and Evelina for joining us in making this dream come true.
Please read the attached newsletter for further details on the student's progress!
Emiliano, the first VISIONAR scholar, is now in his third year of Information Technology studies at the Universidad Tecnologica Nacional, in San Francisco, Argentina.
Emiliano has received recognition from the Dean of UTN for his dedication and his academic achievements. His current GPA is 7.22 /10. Emiliano’s extracurricular interests include volunteering at Atrapasueños’ library.
“I want to become an IT Engineer because it is a career with great potential. My aspiration is to work in companies of great reputation, either in Argentina or abroad.”
Carolina is in her first year of Law school at the Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales (UCES). Carolina also loves English and Oriental dances. As for community service, Carolina helps students with learning disabilities. Elizabeth’s goal is to earn a degree in Social Work, from FASTA.
Elizabeth graduated from IPEM 315 Jose Hernandez High School in November 2008, with honors.
“I care about my future, I want to grow, and I aspire to help others in my community.”
Karen started a Human Resources program at Escuela Normal Dr Nicolas Avellaneda. In her spare time, she loves to help others in need, be it her mother’s ill friend, or kids in the hospital.
Lucrecia has always loved math, and is now focused on her objective to become a public accountant. She is enrolled in a 4-year program at the Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales (UCES).
VISIONAR is proud of its five sponsored students and wishes them great success!
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