Last winter holidays we had our 2nd Graduates Network meeting where we welcomed future graduates of class 2015. More than forty students participated in this activity. In the morning, we introduced ourselves and talked about different topics concerning their future plans, such as job hunting and university applications.
Later that day, we visited Cimientos' office, met some of the NGO staff and had lunch together. We raffled prizes.
In the afternoon, students could participate in a workshop of their choice among different options: Working skills, Entrepreneurship and vocational guidance.
It was a very motivating and productive working day. The youths were excited to participate and meet others from different schools and neighborhoods. During winter holidays, we also visited LAN airline office where youths met employees, listened to their professional experiences and asked them questions about corporate work life. We walked through different areas in the offices and airport base at Jorge Newbery Airport.
To end this report, we have some news! The final YouthSpark Bonus Day is coming up on October 7! Microsoft will MATCH DONATIONS received between 12.00 pm and 23.59 pm EDT!, so there you have an excellent chance to donate!
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On June 16th we hosted a meeting with representatives of Human Resources of different companies to promote among the private sector the importance of implementing youth employment policies. Our team presented youth employment problems data and statistics in Argentina and Latin America focusing also in the gender inequalities that still persist in our country and region.
Following this, we carried out a group activity where all the participants had to choose a position to employ the candidates whose CV’s our team handed out. Fortunately most of our candidates were potentially employable by this HR teams.
This meeting purpose was to promote consciousness among the private sector to boost youth employment opportunities in our country.
The next meeting will take place on July 21th with our future graduates’ class 2015 during their winter holidays.
Last Friday, April 10th, we enjoyed a whole day with our graduates at our “Annual Fall Meeting”.
In the morning, everyone attended a talk where they learnt about studying technics, important skills for youths who are just starting University and will soon prepare their first exams.
During lunch we could all share our first jobs experiences and the older youths guided the younger about their first year at University. Cimientos had prepared some gifts to raffle among the assistants, and these were given away during dessert time.
In the afternoon, the assistants could choose between two workshops: Job seeking orientation and First steps at University.
If you donate on, Microsoft’s Youthspark Bonus Day starts tomorrow Tuesday, April 18th at 9am EDT. Donations will be matched 50% up to $1,000 USD/£600 GBP per unique donor per project until matching funds run out.
My name is Catalina, I have recently joined Graduates Network team, replacing Josefina. I am very happy to be part of this team and work to support teenagers who have finished high school to broaden their educational and labor opportunities.
Through education, we construct a better future for youth of our country and develop a fairer and more equal Argentina.
Financial support is very important to achieve our goals.
Next 19th March, we have Cimientos XV Annual Fundraising dinner. This year the motto is “We are education”. It invites people to think about the impact of their education in their lives. Education is a key factor to promote changes in our society and to decide our future.
It is the most important event we conduct in the year, where we present our organization and look forward to receiving donations which will be assigned to Cimientos’ programs.
60 organizations and 500 people, will be participating in this event on Thursday. Among them, business people, authorities, diplomats, faculty, politicians and journalists,
Also, graduated students will be participating as volunteers to collaborate with the organization and be in contact with the guests.
We invite you to be part of this Fundraising event and hope we can count with your support to continue helping Argentine youth building a better future.
If you donate on Wednesday, March 18th from 9:00 EDT to 23:59 EDT GlobalGiving will match you donation up to $1,000 at 30%, per donor per Project. There is $60,000 available in matching.
Last Wednesday (12/17) we held the last Graduates meeting of the year with 35 low- income youth. December is a really special month to us because school classes finish in Argentina to then start holidays so it´s a great month to celebrate the graduation of new children. This year we had more than 400 youth that finish high school and many of them got excellent grades and were the best pupils of their whole class!!!!!
On the morning, we invited 8 volunteers who gave incredible "TED talks" to the new graduates, sharing their stories and also useful advice to achieve their goals.
After lunch, we organized a raffle with prices donated by different firms and all of them were able to win something so they were thrilled. On the afternoon, each of them participated in different workshops to help them choose what to keep on studying after high school or how to start looking for a job.
December is also a special month because all over the world people celebrate Christmas and New Year and like to give special presents to their beloved ones. Please consider giving a gift card of our project to your family and friends. This can make a huge difference to our project, increasing our impact in low-income youth lives!
Happy Holidays and best regards,
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