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Mensa Mexico to help San Miguel de Allende youth

By John Wharton

With more than 100,000 members in over 50 countries, it’s not surprising that Mexico has its own chapter of Mensa, the society for the super-smart.

To join the group, candidates must take a tightly controlled IQ test that shows their intelligence is in the top two percent. In Mexico, most members are active in the engineering and information-technology area but some use their brains in other creative areas from psychotherapy to theater, as one well-known actor in Mexico City demonstrates.

Says David Zambrano, president of Mexico Mensa, “In Mexico, Mensa is a huge confidence-builder and great qualifying tool that can really help young people advance. We strive to get Mexicans from all strata of society to join us if they qualify because it can really help open doors.”

One problem for smart but economically disadvantaged children in Mexico is the cost of the privately administered test. The 300-peso fee is discounted 50 percent for students but even that can challenge families like that of Paloma Noyola, a 12-year-old girl living in a Mexican shack. Paloma’s IQ tested so high that Wired magazine touted her as “the next Steve Jobs.”

“Paloma is just the kind of young person we want Mensa to help to make sure she can use her gifted mind to its fullest extent. We hope to offer Mensa scholarships to such kids both to join Mensa and to help fund their higher education,” says President Zambrano.

If you are Mensa-qualified, might like to join Mexico Mensa or would just like to help young Mexican geniuses realize their potential, please contact John Wharton at or call 154-7524 for further information on meeting to form a local chapter.


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