Category Archives: Founders Corner

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

The Impact of Our Relationships

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In this world, the ‘basic building blocks’ of life are relationships, not individuals. Nothing exists on its own or has a final, fixed identity. We are all ‘bundles of potential.’ Relationships evoke these potentials. We change as we meet different people or are in different circumstances. - Margaret Wheatley, Leadership and the New Science It seems   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: Notes from Guatemala, Part V

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Our Founder & Executive Director, Linda Smith, is in Guatemala this week. She travels down there a few times every year and when she does, the stories she sends back are bound to inspire! While her schedule is jam packed meeting with staff and scholars and partner organizations, we’ll try to keep you up to   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: Notes from Guatemala, Part VI

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Our Founder & Executive Director, Linda Smith, is in Guatemala this week. She travels down there a few times every year and when she does, the stories she sends back are bound to inspire! While her schedule is jam packed meeting with staff and scholars and partner organizations, we’ll try to keep you up to   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: Notes from Guatemala, Part IV

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Our Founder & Executive Director, Linda Smith, is in Guatemala this week. She travels down there a few times every year and when she does, the stories she sends back are bound to inspire! While her schedule is jam packed meeting with staff and scholars and partner organizations, we’ll try to keep you up to   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: Notes from Guatemala, Part III

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Our Founder & Executive Director, Linda Smith, is in Guatemala this week. She travels down there a few times every year and when she does, the stories she sends back are bound to inspire! While her schedule is jam packed meeting with staff and scholars and partner organizations, we’ll try to keep you up to   …Continue Reading