Jóvenes Adelante Wins Grant from 100 Women Who Care
By Lee Bellavance-Diamond
It’s always exciting when the 100 Women Who Care gather for their quarterly meetings at the Rosewood Hotel. After they socialize over no-host cocktails, their anticipation builds because every woman or team of women will soon be picking one local charity to endow with tens of thousands of pesos on the spot. It’s a simple, efficient, and democratic process that brings together the women who each pledge 1,000 pesos quarterly to donate to one of the local service organizations, which have been nominated by the 100 Women members themselves! We put all the nominated groups in a hat and then draw out the three that will compete for the accumulated funds. Representatives of the selected organizations immediately make a five-minute pitch, votes are cast and tabulated, and within minutes a winner is announced.
In their latest round of funding, the 100 Women Who Care voted for the educational charity Jóvenes Adelante that was awarded 69,000 pesos. Jóvenes Adelante provides scholarships and other essential support for talented, economically disadvantaged Mexican youth.
The money will be used to underwrite a four-year university scholarship for a mechanical engineering student whose father was recently killed, according to Lee Daneker, VP of fundraising for the group. The father was the sole support of the family. JA is unique in that it makes long-term commitments to families, usually five years, to provide assistance for a student all the way to graduation. The policy has paid off. Since 2001, the organization has helped almost 200 young people, with an 85 per cent graduation rate!
Daneker explained that this is exactly the type of thing that Jóvenes Adelante does. “We make it possible to fulfill the dreams of smart, financially challenged, hard-working young people who want a university education so they can have a career, earn a good salary, help their families, and be an example to others in their community,” he said on Monday. He added that the news of the grant award has energized and elated their own membership.
Jóvenes Adelante is the tenth group funded by 100 Women Who Care since they started two years ago. Groups that have won awards include the Rural Education Institute of Mexico, Centro Infantil, ALMA, Casa Hogar, CATIS, Casa de los Ángeles, and Mujeres en Cambio.
It’s easy to become a member of the 100 Women Who Care. All women are invited to attend the next meeting, slated for Monday, July 20, at the Rosewood Hotel starting with a social hour from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Women should come prepared to donate 1,000 pesos in cash, either alone or as part of a team. And best of all, be prepared to feel good when the group adjourns at 6pm, and another worthy NGO has benefited from your largesse!