Oct 6, 2020

Working through adversity

Dear friends,


Argentina is still in quarantine since March and most surely schools and universities will not be able to open their doors until next year. This setback and the whole socio economic context the country is facing will have worrying consequences in our society. Poverty already reached 40% and families that were considered poor are today indigent.

On our last report, we shared information about our hard work during these difficult days we are all living. Cimientos´ team is working from the very beginning of the quarantine in order to continue accompanying young boys and girls and their families when they need it the most. Tutors and mentors are staying in touch by phone or using virtual platforms, adapting the different mentoring strategies so that youth can keep up with their schooling, as well as to bring training and employment opportunities to youth.

On July, we also held our first Virtual National Youth Meeting with more than 500 participants from 17 different provinces. You can watch a brief summary of those enriching days in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ft0mZ1Gv5s&feature=youtu.be

As we have mentioned previously, we organized virtual workshops, personalized mentoring, training courses and even obtained a donation for Internet data to almost 100 young boys and girls who couldn´t connect to their virtual school and university activities due to the lack of Internet in their households.

During October and November we will carry out training courses oriented to “employment” for 150 young boys and girls. These trainings will be developed in alliance with companies such as: KPMG, JP Morgan, Andreani, Quilmes, Mercedes Benz, Accenture, Mercado Libre y BBVA.

We will also develop two webinars together with Mc. Donald´s and a volunteer who is ontological coach and, furthermore, we will be working on a program with Grupo ASSA that will accompany students who are about to finish high school in the definition of their “life project”. We estimate 130 participants in these activities.

At the end of the year, we will work on our last Virtual National Youth Meeting destined to provide job orientation. The event will be developed together with other 5 organizations and we estimate the participation of 1.000 young boys and girls from all provinces of the country.

Your kind support will allow us to continue working as hard as we have done so far and will allow us to develop these activities for our young participants who are needing our presence more than ever.

Thanks for being part of Cimientos and support our work towards a better education in Argentina.

Warm regards,

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Jun 8, 2020

Accompanying our youth during COVID

Youth opinion about Vocational guidance workshops
Youth opinion about Vocational guidance workshops

Dear friends,

The last three months have been really challenging, not only for us but for the entire world.  Argentina is in quarantine since March 20th.  Our Graduates Network had organized our first workshop for that day. We were expecting around 40 youngsters from different localities but we had to put off every face-to-face activity since then.

By the end of March, we decided to take a survey to our youth to learn how they were dealing with this new situation and how Cimientos could help them with their educational and employment paths. Thanks to our Evaluation team, who analyzed more than a thousand surveys in just a week of hard work, we found out that only 30% of our youth had notebooks or tablets to put up with shool and university homework and online clases and the rest of them only use cell phones.  They asked for help in job search, remote study,  online courses and some of them even solicitated Internet data to be able to do these activities.

In this report you can see some pictures of our first webinars and workshops that took place in May. Vocational guidance and learning to study remotely were some of our topics. We also held some personalized mentorings because some youth needed extra help in this difficult time and thanks to this they were able to prepare their Curriculum vitae and start seeking for a job, sign up for different virtual workshops and even graduate for school after preparing a final exam with our orientarion.

In June we will start donating Internet data to some youth so that they don´t miss their lessons and activities. We have also organized a virtual program to acccompany 72 youth from all over Argentina in defining their life project during their last high school year that will start in June 10th. For those who already graduated from school and are seeking for a job, next week we will start a soft skills and administrative assistant virtual course organized along with KPMG firm for 30 youth.

To be able to carry forward these activities, we need your support more than ever.

Thanks to all of you who can make a donation and who can spread the word of our project among family and friends.

Best regards,

María

Some of the 30 participants in our first webinar
Some of the 30 participants in our first webinar
Youth evaluation after our first webinar
Youth evaluation after our first webinar
Feb 10, 2020

Achieving their life project - Annual results

Dear friends, 

We want to share with you very good news regarding our Project and summarize our annual actions and results.

2019 has been a very challenging year and, with hard work and the support of our donors, we have obtained very interesting results.

We are very proud to tell you that during 2019:

-       2840 young people from 83 locations in 19 provinces of Argentina participated of the Cimientos Graduates Network Team and were advised on training, employment, volunteering and study opportunities.

-       504 young people finished the high school course and were advised to define their life project once they graduated.

-       1209 were trained through orientation courses for job search and specific knowledge.

-       In alliance with other companies/organizations, Cimientos offered 7 formation courses to young people.

-       60 studied with university and / or tertiary scholarships and 2 obtained graduation.

-       134 found work thanks to the actions carried out by Graduates Network.

-       50 graduates were volunteers from Cimientos.

-       There were meetings of graduates attended by a total of 414 young people.

-       86 companies or organizations offered job opportunities or trainings to Cimientos´ young people.

-       With different technical partners, we worked on 7 courses: our partners were KPMG, AA2000, CAVE, Accenture, Hyatt , Swiss Medical Group. From the 136 participants (90% of the young people registered for the courses), 45 obtained a formal job.

-       “Building young people´s future” is a new project implemented with JP Morgan by which 97 young people from different locations will be accompanied in their high school graduation and transition to post high school studies and employment.

-       “Young leaders” with Coca Cola Company: we worked with young students who were near to graduation with the aim of inspiring and motivate them to be able to define their future life project.

-       Together with other organizations such as Grupo Assa, Banco Galicia and Fundación Acindar, we were able to accompany youth in their transition to the “adult world”, giving them tools to know about their study and working possibilities and helping them desing their own life project.

-       Cimientos works hard with job intermediation so as to facilitate and help the trained young people to obtain a job opportunity. As a result, 134 obtained a formal job.

-       Cimientos believes in volunteering as an important tool towards our work with young people. During 2019, 491 volunteers from 86 companies/organizations, participated of different activities proposed by the Graduates´ Network donating 1740 hours.

We are very proud of these results which clearly show improved results in comparison to the previous year. We really want to keep up the good work experienced through 2019, hoping 2020 brings more and better opportunities to youth in argentina.

Hope you renew your support for this year to help us continue working with us for argentine youth.


Best regards,

 
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