Category Archives: Founders Corner

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

Founder’s Corner: Hitting It Out of the Park

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We hit it out of the park! The parents meeting in Los Morales this morning was a huge success on all levels. Our objective was to create a safe environment for teens to have a voice, for adults to be recognized for their contributions in the community, to open up space for parents to voice their   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: Tears of Joy

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What a fun day! Daniel (Program Director) and I went to Xela to check in with Jorge Chojolan, Director of the Asturias Academy and to see how Julio and Carlos are two alumni were doing in their roles as new fellows at the Academy. School starts the 16th, so teachers are in planning mode. Jorge described   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: Graduation in Guatemala, Part 2

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It’s that time of year! In Guatemala the school year runs from January through October which means that right now we are celebrating the graduations of another class of Reading Village scholars. Our Founder & Executive Director, Linda Smith, is down there for the occasion  beaming with pride on behalf of everyone at Reading Village. Over   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: Graduation in Guatemala, Part 1

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It’s that time of year! In Guatemala the school year runs from January through October which means that right now we are celebrating the graduations of another class of Reading Village scholars. Our Founder & Executive Director, Linda Smith, is down there for the occasion  beaming with pride on behalf of everyone at Reading Village. Over   …Continue Reading