May 8, 2017

Spring 2017: Update on New USP Selection Process and Ramon Begins Medical Internship

     For this April’s report update we will be highlighting stories related to our University Scholarship Program (USP).  We are excited to announce that our new Local Program Coordinator, Julio Louis, a former University Scholar graduate himself,  is now overseeing Yspaniola’s USP program.  Julio, along with Jacob Phillips, our current Princeton in Latin America fellow, have initiated this year’s USP scholar selection process, with the goal to enroll a new scholar in the fall.  In order to reinforce Yspaniola’s academic support and maintain an open line of communication, Julio and Jacob have created a list of requirements for current and new scholars in order to facilitate  regular check-ins with staff members during their semester. This will not only allow students to frequently discuss their concerns regarding stress, grades, and challenging courses, but also encourages students to clearly understand their responsibilities and expectations of them as they pursue their higher education degrees.  With these new additions to the USP selection process in place, Yspaniola hopes to continue to empower students to be independent scholars as they pursue higher education.

 

     Since 2014, our University Scholarship Program has had three graduating scholars who have not only gone on to be educators, but a majority of whom have decided to return to Batey Libertad and work for Yspaniola in our Learning Center. One of our current scholars, Ramón Leonardo Sanchez, is studying medicine at La Universidad Teconológica de Santiago (UTESA). This semester he is finishing his fourth year in medical school, after which he will begin his rotational internship in Santiago this summer. Yspaniola has been able to support him as he transitions into this upcoming phase of his education by providing him with the professional clothing and medical equipment he will need for his internship experience. We wish Ramón all the best in his upcoming endeavors!

Apr 25, 2017

Spring 2017: Update on New USP Selection Process and Ramon Begins Medical Internship

Yspaniola Scholar Ramon
Yspaniola Scholar Ramon

For this April’s report update we will be highlighting stories related to our University Scholarship Program (USP).  We are excited to announce that our new Local Program Coordinator, Julio Louis, a former University Scholar graduate himself,  is now overseeing Yspaniola’s USP program.  Julio, along with Jacob Phillips, our current Princeton in Latin America fellow, have initiated this year’s USP scholar selection process, with the goal to enroll a new scholar in the fall.  In order to reinforce Yspaniola’s academic support and maintain an open line of communication, Julio and Jacob have created a list of requirements for current and new scholars in order to facilitate regular check-ins with staff members during their semester. This will not only allow students to frequently discuss their concerns regarding stress, grades, and challenging courses, but also encourages students to clearly understand their responsibilities and expectations of them as they pursue their higher education degrees.  With these new additions to the USP selection process in place, Yspaniola hopes to continue to empower students to be independent scholars as they pursue higher education.

Since 2014, our University Scholarship Program has had three graduating scholars who have not only gone on to be educators, but a majority of whom have decided to return to Batey Libertad and work for Yspaniola in our Learning Center. One of our current scholars, Ramón Leonardo Sanchez, is studying medicine at La Universidad Teconológica de Santiago (UTESA). This semester he is finishing his fourth year in medical school, after which he  will begin his rotational internship in Santiago this summer. Yspaniola has been able to support him as he transitions into this upcoming phase of his education by providing him with the professional clothing and medical equipment he will need for his internship experience. We wish Ramón all the best in his upcoming endeavors!

Jan 25, 2017

Spring 2017 Update: Curriculum Development Workshops & New Local Program Coordinator Joins Yspaniola

Teachers & Assistants Collaborating on Curriculum
Teachers & Assistants Collaborating on Curriculum

Curriculum Development Workshops

On Thursday January 19, 2017, our Learning Center’s local professors and assistants gathered to participate in a curriculum development workshop led by Tiffany Brown, one of our Princeton in Latin America fellows.  The purpose of these workshops is for local professors to redesign and organize their lesson plans thematically and eventually unify them into a curriculum.  These series of monthly workshops will continue until June in the hopes of developing an original and creative curriculum tailored to the needs of all LC students by local professors.

University Scholar Graduate, Julio Louis, To Work For Yspaniola

This month, Julio Louis, Yspaniola University Scholar graduate, will be joining our team as new Local Program Coordinator. Julio has previous experience working in the nonprofit sector, such as Global Glimpse and DREAM Project, where he has deepened his understanding of education and development issues in the Dominican Republic. In addition to focusing on community relations and development, one of his primary responsibilities will be running the University Scholarship Program as applications open in the upcoming months.  Julio shares, “I am very happy to be returning to Batey Libertad and to be working alongside Yspaniola to create positive change in the community and empower youth in their pursuit of an education.” We are thrilled to have Julio be a part of our team and are excited to see what we will accomplish together this year!

Julio Gives Professional Development Talk To Youth
Julio Gives Professional Development Talk To Youth
 
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