Category Archives: Founders Corner

Fall Trip 2014: Agustin’s Accomplishment

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We attended Agustin’s graduation today. Agustin was one of the kids that really didn’t score high on the admissions process, but Daniel (our Program Coordinator) wanted to accept him anyway. I told Daniel that it was on him, then, to make sure Agustin succeeded – and he did! Agustin lives in a small community way down below   …Continue Reading

Fall Trip 2014: A Note on Empathy

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One note on empathy. It really struck me after listening to staff today and to our scholar in Chuiquel the other day about what school is like for elementary school children here. Most are afraid of their teachers. Although they may no longer physically grab them by the ears or hit them, they still are   …Continue Reading

Fall Trip 2014: A Momentous Occassion

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What strikes me most about today is Juan Carlos. He was never a standout promoter, never a leader, never “one of the guys.” He kept his head down, did his work to the best of his abilities, and he did what he had to do in order to stay in the program. I know, at   …Continue Reading

Fall Trip 2014: Narrating a Community Into Being

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We were in Chuiquel today, the newest of the communities. The room was beautifully decorated with bouquets of flowers that Ana (our Community Facilitator) had picked herself, pine needles strewn on the floor, and balloons and crepe paper adorning the walls. The classroom was transformed into a space of celebration. In attendance were all of   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: Carlos

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Carlos was always a star while in our program. His musical ability and his creative talent led him to develop some of the most entertaining and engaging read-aloud activities of anyone in the program. He graduated last year and was accepted into the Asturias Academy’s new teaching fellowship program. Today, he and Julio – another   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: Something of Value

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Most of our teens are initially attracted to our program for the scholarship component. Who could blame them? But we are not just a scholarship program. We are a leadership development, community development organization. So while every teen who applies to our program is in need of a scholarship, we are also looking for those   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: Risk

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I recently caught a sound byte from somewhere, “It’s risky to hope for things you cannot have.” It got me thinking about the teens in our program and the risks they take every day. Imagine this. You are the only girl in your family. Your parents had five sons and then they had you. You   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: Commitment to Community

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When I make presentations to groups about our work, there are always many questions. I speak about helping educate teens and accompanying them as they gain greater leadership skills, and people ask if we’re not just preparing them to leave their communities and go off to the big city where there is more opportunity. It’s   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: Our Kind of Commitment

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It’s pretty tough as a teen in rural Guatemala to stay focused on your studies when all your friends and relatives are dropping out of school left and right to work or get married. The typical statistic in the communities where we work is that 10% of students make it to high school, and even   …Continue Reading