Project #12744

Help marginalized Mexican children and teenagers

by Instituto Mexicano de Investigacion de Familia y Poblacion - IMIFAP
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Hello to all Global Givers!

It is our priority that all Mexican children and teenagers have access to education.  We carry on our work in reducing risks that might jeopardize their path.

Our labor continues now in the State of Mexico, State of Jalisco and State of Hidalgo with a program focused on working to prevent risks such as unplanned pregnancy and violence among teenagers.

25% of the population in Mexico consists of young people between the ages of 15 to 29 years. Nowadays there seems to be access to any kind of information, however, it is not always correct or comes from valid sources. In addition, teenagers rarely have a trustworthy environment open for dialogue and questions. These conditions, added to low academic performance and lack of motivation may have negative consequences on their education and professional future.

In order to reduce these risks and obstacles we have trained 139 youth promoters which later replicated what they learned with 1,678 of their peers through interactive educational fairs. There were some unexpected, but POSITIVE, reactions during the development of this phase of the program. First, youth promoters were so enthusiastic about the program that they achieved the support of local educational authorities in order to replicate in middle schools. Also, another group of youth promoters extended their activities to reach students that attend school during the afternoon. Of course, we are very thrilled by their level of commitment!

Here are a few testimonies that they kindly shared:

¡Oh! I didn’t know that checking my boyfriend’s cellphone was violence or that jealousy was too, I thought jealousy meant that the other person is interested in you. – Woman, 15 years old.

I liked the workshop because we can speak about anything without shame or fear and I think that with what I have learned, I can make better decisions and take better care of myself. - Woman, 18 years old.

I learned things that I thought I had to discover by myself, I found friends and the best part is that now I know that all of us have doubts, but that if we look for answers we won’t make mistakes, I’m not sure what I want in my life, but I am sure of what I DON’T want.- Man 16, years old.

There are still several activities to be developed in the coming months, as well as, analyzing the results and changes with the participants. You will have to visit us next time so we can share our excellent results!

Oh! And don’t forget Giving Tuesday is coming soon. Happy giving everyone!

Final workshop with teachers
Final workshop with teachers

Greetings Global Givers!  It is the beginning of school year and we have amazing results and great news to share with all of you!

As we come to the end of our program in the state of Coahuila, we would like to share testimonies from different perspectives that capture the essence of the efforts carried out:

“This program has helped us value what we have and what we don´t have. And to transform bad situations… suppose somebody tries to offend me, I will try and find something positive out of that” (Girl, 6th grade)

“There are types of violence that I did not know existed, and I finally learned about their existence here, because we recognize being physically hit or getting a bruise as violence, but no, even words, psychological violence, economic violence was new to me. Now the majority of us homemakers work out of the house as well and sometimes when they get home they will ask, What did you do?; well then, Who cooked?, Who did everything else?, I sometimes say to my husband, lets change roles…we can ask to be respected and valued for what we are doing, our eyes were finally opened wide.” (Mother of a 6th grade student)

“On a personal level it slowly walked me through aspects that I needed to reinforce, to speak directly… I first started with myself, trying not to mix in personal issues, and it helped me very much, in my home, with my family, with myself, it helped me reinforce my own resilience…what we try to encourage in children, I also work on it on a personal level.” (Teacher, participant during 3 years of program)

In our previous report we shared with you our results in numbers, which exceeded our initial expectations, now we include the final conclusions.

Overall, the program was well accepted and well-liked by the teachers that participated; it also generated an environment for reflection and empathy during the sessions. Students were satisfied with the program and everything they learned during its development. The workshops were also well received by parents because of the topics that were approached and the opportunity to share experiences and encourage freedom of speech. Lastly, students expressed an interest to continue learning about: self-awareness, goal achievements and capacity building.

In other news, we are halfway through our program “I want to, I can… think like a scientist”, in the state of Tlaxcala, and we are glad to share the following numbers that indicate the success of our efforts so far:

  • Elementary school children now have a 70% interest in learning about Chemistry; 92.2% of them want to continue their studies and become professionals, 93% of them are very happy that they are participating in the program.
  • School teachers reported that 75% of their students have presented positive changes since the program started.
  • Parents expressed their interest and participating in this type of activity again, since they were very pleased with the conferences they attended.

These are just some examples of the work we continue to do to improve the lives of marginalized children through education. Next time, we will share more results and other programs that are currently being carried out.

We are very grateful for the continuous support from the Global Giving! Please stay tuned for more upcoming news!

Sessions with elementary students
Sessions with elementary students
Teachers with their program certificates
Teachers with their program certificates
Teachers in training
Teachers in training
Students excited about their new books
Students excited about their new books
In class sessions
In class sessions
Happy teachers with their diplomas
Happy teachers with their diplomas

Hello to all of you Global Givers!

Exciting news! We are close to finishing our last year of working with marginalized children in Coahuila and have now shifted the focus on elementary schools; of course this is all possible because of your support. With our programs teachers are making a difference with their students, here is a testimony of that: “These are practices (activities of the Yo Quiero Yo Puedo program) that will help students to become well-adjusted in their community and as human beings in all of their relations” – Middle school teacher, 30 years old.

The state of Coahuila is found in the northeast region of Mexico, an area that has been negatively impacted over the last few years by drug trafficking, organized crime and poverty. Added to those issues, there are other risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, addictions, violence and school abandonment. At Yo Quiero Yo Puedo (IMIFAP) we are working towards diminishing the impact of those risk factors in our third and final year in Torreon, by carrying out a program in elementary schools called “I want to I can … learn, develop skills and have fun in school”. This program is designed to prevent the previously mentioned issues by acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, so that children can become agents of change by assuming control of their own lives and can contribute to their communities.

Over the last 3 years of implementation we have worked with teachers, parents and students and in the third and final year we have had:

  • A total of 878 people participating directly, which translates to 28 teachers, approximately 850 students and an estimated 650 parents that will participate in training workshops.
  • Over the next couple of months we will at least reach 1,528 participants directly which will result in around 4,584 participants reached indirectly, given our previous experiences with similar programs.
  • Over the course of this third and final year 15 new teachers were involved with the program, bringing the total to 26; however, new members are expected to join during the coming activities that include workshops, end of project fairs and activities that students can carry out at home.

We continue to expand our work in elementary schools in two more towns in the state of Tlaxcala. Yo Quiero Yo Puedo (IMIFAP) with the support of science and technology company Dow Chemical Mexico, conducted a study focused on education in early 2015, which showed high percentages of absenteeism and school abandonment, low expectations in students regarding a college education and general rejection towards scientific subjects (math, chemistry, science, etc.) Therefore, we have continued our partnership with Dow Chemical Mexico and launched our program “I want to I can… think like a scientist”. This project aims to encourage scientific thinking through programs that accelerate skills and scientific thinking in children of surrounding communities. Workshops will take place and training manuals will be distributed to students from grades 4th, 5th and 6th as well as, teachers. We expect to directly reach at least 618 people that include 18 teachers, 450 students and 150 parents; these numbers will also help us indirectly reach around 2, 472 people:  teachers, students, family members and other members of the community.

Your ongoing support is vital so we can continue to achieve and exceed results!

Active students having fun while learning
Active students having fun while learning
Active teachers having fun while learning
Active teachers having fun while learning
Students discovering science
Students discovering science
Students participating
Students participating
Students in the Workshop
Students in the Workshop

“I want to, I can… prevent pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections in teenagers”

Welcome back GlobalGivers! I’m sure you will be as happy as we are with the results we have had. (and we still continue working helping marginalized Mexican children to study in other regions of the country, but that in our next report, stay tuned!).

Imagine a teenager in the Mexican context where education quality in public schools is poor. In the future he/she is unlikely to have enough knowledge and abilities to succeed in life and reduces the odds to leave poverty behind. Now imagine that same teenager with a pregnancy or a sexually transmitted infection, his/her chances may have become slimmer. More than 280,000 teenagers drop out school because of a pregnancy every year, which means 280,000 people without the opportunity of a better future and more probability to become part of the poverty stats, every year.

You, Globalgivers are making the difference! We (with your help) are increasing the results.

In Coahuila State:

A total of 4,144 participants (664 more than the original goal) took part in the “I want to, I can… prevent pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections in teenagers” prevention program.

  • You helped 87 teachers who will be able to transmit the messages many more times to more teenagers
  • 112 public/government officials who will prevent risk from their work in teenagers sexuality issues
  • 79 decision makers public/government officials which will influence future public policies
  • 292 students which replicated the program in 27 educative fairs and will be able to continue doing it many more times
  • 3,574 students from different schools in Coahuila who are (from within themselves) in less risk of a teenager pregnancy or STIs

They recognized the responsibility of taking care of their own sexuality and their partner, while strengthened skills like teamwork and assertive communication, and overcame the barriers they might have to address this issue.

They significantly increased their knowledge level about sexuality, gender, pregnancy and STIs prevention.

Significantly improved their attitudes toward sexuality, towards autonomy and responsibility in matters of their sexual life, and to the shared responsibility for preventing pregnancy.

Significantly increased their ability to conduct themselves in a way aimed at preventing risk behaviors in sexuality, such as talking to your partner about contraception, buy condoms, search for scientific information on sexuality, refusing unprotected sex, see a specialist, organize health activities to prevent sexual risks.

The teenagers gave very high marks to the workshops in which they participated (9, on a scale of 1-10) by Yo Quiero Yo Puedo - IMIFAP.

We are thankful for your support, and we will continue bringing awesome results. Stay tuned for more soon!

Students learning with a game
Students learning with a game
Students learning and discussing
Students learning and discussing
Girls in the workshop
Girls in the workshop
Learning can and should be fun!
Learning can and should be fun!

Hey there, GlobalGivers! We’ve had a very busy trimester, but that is nothing but good news to us: being able to positively impact more children and adolescents in building an integral education is what drives us, and we are able to do this thanks to your commitment and support.

On November 2015, Mexico’s Ministry of Public Education released the National Plan for Evaluating Learning (PLANEA, its acronym in Spanish) results. PLANEA is a large-scale standardized test that evaluates the key learning curriculum in the fields of training related to language and communication and mathematics that are common to all evaluated. Its main purpose is to provide relevant, timely and contextualized information to schools and teachers, to help improve their teaching practices and learning of all their students. The results are critical:

Mexico has a huge challenge: our country must improve the quality of its education in a comprehensive way (materials, teachers, students, didactical techniques) if it wants to achieve a sustainable social and economic development. At IMIFAP, we are proud to be part of the solution! This time, we want to tell you about our most recent activities in Coahuila and Tlaxcala:

"I want to, I can... learn, develop my talents and have fun at school": Our work with 17 elementary schools in Coahuila with The Caterpillar Foundation support aims to promote life skills, school performance, healthy lifestyles, pregnancy prevention, violence prevention and equity gender for elementary school students.

In September, we started to implement a 40 hour training workshops for 28 professors who teach 6th grade. The subjects are: life skills, violence and sexuality. The training will end by December 11 and these teachers will be implementing the program with approximately 891 students.

Our program integrates knowledge and skills desired at home and in school, through a comprehensive approach in which the different actors of the people involved in the educational context is included: teachers, mothers / parents family and children.

"I want to, I can... learn, develop my talents and have fun at school": In Tlaxcala, we are working with 10 elementary schools to motivate and excite children from 4th grade into scientific and technological thinking, in order to arouse the scientific curiosity. We aim for kids to understand the uses of chemistry both in daily life and in the resolution of medical, nutritional and environmental problems in favor of human progress and sustainability.

In October, we started to implement a 23 hour training workshops for 17 professors who teach 4th grade. The subjects are: life skills and chemistry. The training will end by December and these teachers will be implementing the program with approximately 500 students.

Thank you for continuing to support the education of Mexican children! We are nothing but encouraged to keep working towards strengthening the social fiber and community networks through education.

See you next time with more awesome results and happy Holidays!

Self-knowledge is a very important subject.
Self-knowledge is a very important subject.
Team work is an essential ability to develop.
Team work is an essential ability to develop.
PLANEA's results show a critical situation.



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Instituto Mexicano de Investigacion de Familia y Poblacion - IMIFAP

Location: Mexico City, Mexico - Mexico
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Jocelyn Brambila
Mexico, DF Mexico
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