Exciting Plans for Jóvenes Adelante
By Robin Loving Rowland
Do you remember the excitement and delight you felt at the beginning of a new school year? Can you imagine your disappointment if someone were to say, “Sorry, I don’t have the money to send you to school this year”? Imagine your dreams of learning and growing and achieving dashed!
As Jóvenes Adelante enters its 15th year, we are dead set on raising the funds to put at least an additional 15 of the brightest, most financially challenged local students into university and see them through their five-year careers.
Quickly, here are 15 good reasons why people like you donate to Jóvenes Adelante and renew their commitments year after year:
1, 2, 3: Jóvenes Adelante has the most rigorous selection process, the greatest support package, and the most outstanding results. We begin with financially challenged students who nevertheless maintain an A average in school. We offer them career orientation workshops to align students’ interests and talents with appropriate majors, and their majors with appropriate universities. Individual and family interviews follow.
We assure funding for five years is in place before granting our scholarships, then give the students laptops to suit their majors, a mentor, counseling as needed, life skills such as how to find a job, English as desired, and a graduate network.
As a result, our graduation rate is 85 percent, which exceeds the averages in Canada, Mexico, and the US! And most of our graduates are working in their fields and pursuing graduate degrees.
4: By donating just US$120 or equivalent a month, or about the cost of a cup of coffee a day at a café, you can provide a scholarship to an outstanding student who wants to bring his or her family out of poverty.
5: Donors and sponsors like you have provided for the university educations of more than 200 students over the past 14 years. They are beloved for their contributions, as you will be for yours!
6: Imagine the pride I will feel next spring when Casandra, who lived at Casa Hogar Santa Julia while I was involved there, will flip the tassel on her mortarboard to graduate from university thanks to a Jóvenes Adelante scholarship! I’m not her particular sponsor, but I do pledge monthly, with pride. You could feel this pride, too!
7, 8: Make this your New Year’s resolution! And enjoy the warmth of the giving season with your gift, which is tax-deductible in the US and Canada.
9: You may designate your gift to a specific student, career, and/or university of your choice. Jóvenes Adelante scholars dream of becoming international heroes in the fields of aeronautics, the environment, and medicine, to name just a few.
10: You can make your gift in honor of a loved one. What a meaningful gift!
11: You can pay, pledge, or partner with others to make dreams come true! You could share a sponsorship with a friend or more, or simply donate whatever feels right.
12, 13, 14, 15: You may make your gift via cash, check, charge, bank transfer, or PayPal. Jóvenes Adelante makes it easy to make dreams come true!
Make the decision today to surprise an outstanding student who otherwise would not be able to attend university, and bring an entire San Miguel family out of poverty! Anything you can do will help. We can’t do this without you! Contact me at 152 3709 in San Miguel, 925 476 8117 (Vonage), or firstname.lastname@example.org. See our website at Jóvenesadelante.org.