Jun 1, 2021

Accompanying youth in university studies

Micaela received her donated computer
Micaela received her donated computer

Dear friends,

On our last report, we shared our 2020 results, mentioning all of the activities and results we could achieve and what we´ve learned while virtualizing our program during the global pandemic.

One of the things we noticed last year is that many of our young people didn´t have neither technological tools nor enough knowledge to keep up with university virtual lessons. Around 27% of the youth who graduated from high school in 2019 and had started tertiary and university careers in 2020 dropped out due to these issues and also, because they didn´t like what they have chosen to study.

That´s why this year we decided to increase the work we do to accompany their transition from high school to universities by these 4 actions:

1) On April, we held a three-day National Virtual meeting where almost 200 hundred youth participated in workshops and talks about the following subjects: Motivation as the key to success to study effectively, The first steps to take when studying a career, Tips for taking virtual lessons, Use of bibliographic resources and digital tools to study and Information on scholarships for tertiary and university studies.

2) We researched whom, of the around 25 youth that thanks to our program obtained a scholarship to start a career in 2021, only had a cell phone to take their virtual lessons and 11 of them didn´t have tablets or computers. We obtained a donation of computers that were delivered to them at the beggining of May to keep up with their studies.

3) We will be leading some other webinars to accompany them during this year. On June we will hold one about how to prepare a good exam.

4) For 300 youth who are finishing high school this year accompanied by Cimientos, we will increase our vocational workshops and talks about different careers and institutions for them to have more information to decide better what and where they can study. 

We hope to keep counting with your support to be able to hold all of these strategies which are so crucial for low income youth.

Best regards,

María

Computer donations, ready to be sent to students
Computer donations, ready to be sent to students
Apr 20, 2021

A new challenging new year ahead

Dear friends,

In 2020, the global pandemic challenged society in general, and educational institutions in particular, to exercise flexibility, innovation and leadership in order to cope with this unprecedented situation. We are facing a complex context, facing a “new reality” where access to technology and connectivity play a central role in this new scenario where “classroom education” has changed and needs to be adapted.

Schools had to face drastic changes, without having time for preparation or planning, and had to make great efforts to respond quickly to new challenges. They are facing continuous and permanent learning so as to adapt and find solutions in the course of the different situations that arise.

On the other hand, the pandemic evidenced many situations of risk and inequality, such as the vulnerability and social disadvantage of a significant number of students who stated that they did not have the necessary connectivity, equipment or physical space conditions in their homes to develop their training process.

The aforementioned aspects confronted us with a new scenario where the accompaniment and intervention strategy and the focus on socio-emotional skills of our Program “Futuros Egresados” had to adapt, strengthen and repositio in order to have the expected impact on young students.

2020 was also an opportunity for the program to “reimagine”, “reinvent”, adapt, learn and improve. The complexity of the context invited us to continue rethinking from new situations the way in which we accompany young students in their school careers. In times of social isolation, it was urgent to design and put into practice devices that would allow us to investigate under what conditions our students go through this situation, what meanings school work acquires for them, what does it contribute to them not only in relationship with learning content but also to better cope with the times that we have to live, what type of proposals awaken their interest, what support they have in their homes, how they link with their teachers and with their peers. Devices that allow us to generate dialogue and better know their obstacles.

As a Program based on the “accompaniment” methodology to school trajectories, we are prepared to face this second year of education in a pandemic, with the goal of accompanying and strengthening the new “students ‘profession” in a changing educational scenario. In this sense, support learning, promote increasing levels of autonomy, maintain links with teachers and peers, build collective practices of caring, promote the rights of girls, boys and youth and intervene when they are violated or are at risk of being, are objectives of accompaniment that need to be put in value in the current times .

Cimientos will continue its hard work so as to support high school education during these hard times and keep up on accompanying young students and bringing closer to them more and better opportunities for their future.

We want to specially thank each one of you, for your unconditional support even during this complex context. It is thanks to you that we can continue carrying forward our projects and activities; giving more students a chance.

Best regards,

Cimientos Team

Feb 1, 2021

Graduates Network - Annual Results

Virtual Training
Virtual Training

Dear friends, 

Undoubtedly 2020 was a very challenging year for the whole world and Fundación Cimientos was not the exception. Our team worked very hard so as to hold all of our programs and actions and continue with the accompaniment of Argentinian vulnerable youth in order to bring them more and better opportunities for their future.

The compulsory quarantine disposed by Argentinian government since March 2020 led us to necessarily review the way we work with young boys and girls who are part of Cimientos´ Graduates Network and participate of the different activities we carry forward with our programs.

 

We had to set up new challenges and objectives and adapt all of our actions to a virtual modality so as to fulfilling and comply with the commitments assumed with both, our youth and our partners. Well aware of this, we were able to go ahead with all of our planned activities and find new opportunities in the adversity.

 

We are very pleased to share with you our annual results regarding our project Give Argentine Youth a Chance:


*3296 young boys and girls, from 19 provinces, were assisted with training and job opportunities.

*504 students finished high school during 2020 and were assisted to work on their “life project”.

*2265 participants of our Graduates Network received training.

*We developed 8 training courses oriented to job search in alliance with highly recognized companies.

*92 young boys and girls studied with University scholarships and 2 obtained their graduation.

*61 beneficiaries obtained formal jobs thanks to the intermediation of our Graduates Network.

*11 young boys and girls, participants of our Graduates Network, were volunteers of Cimientos.

*For the first time, in 2020, we organized two National Virtual Meetings and 10 webinars with the participation of more than 1000 young boys and girls from all the country.

*104 organizations/companies offered job opportunities to our youth through Cimientos´Graduates Network.

*441 volunteers from 60 companies and organizations participated from different activities related to training and orientation for young boys and girls. They donated 1546 hours of volunteering.

*A mobile app, which will be launched during 2021, was developed. It aims to enhance our work and communication with young participants of our Program.

For many young boys and girls (who are part of Cimientos´Graduates Network), the possibility of being part of our trainings and courses not only favored their knowledge and learning but it also implied the opportunity of meeting and keeping in contact with others who were going through the same situations. This aspect was highly valued in the satisfaction survey we performed.

Another important matter to mention was the fact that, through virtuality we could reach with our webinars and National Meetings, many young boys and girls from different Argentinian provinces who had not had so much offer before.

2020 was, without no doubt, a very challenging year for Cimientos and for the Graduates Network.  It was a year of great learning, innovation and growth which opened new opportunities in our way of working with young boys and girls who need us.

It was thanks to your support and all of our donors that we could keep up with our work and continue accompanying Argentina´s most vulnerable youth so that they can build a better future. We are truly grateful for your kind commitment to Cimientos and hope you renew your support for this difficult year.

Cimientos Team

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