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Tomorrow’s Leaders Today: Karina Rioyos

By Robin Loving

Be proud, San Miguel! Recently, Jóvenes Adelante university scholarship student Karina Rioyos, an industrial relations major at the University of Guanajuato, was selected to attend a Mexico-Japan Youth Cultural Interchange in Japan. The trip included stops in Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo to visit with the education minister and tour a water recycling plant. And what did she learn?

“This country has been a revelation for me. In 10 days I got the opportunity to know its culture. I gained new perspectives, such as something about punctuality and order, and that not being punctual and orderly is inexcusable.

“They value their ancestors, a cultural trait that is central to their religion and spiritual activities. They pay homage to their families and their dead in their marvelous temples.

They have a kind infrastructure for the disabled, even though they combine the ancient with the modern in their beautiful cities. The kindness of their people is reflected in their respectfulness and the honor they demonstrate. They seem serious and quiet, but they have a grand heart and kindness toward all. They have great human capital even though they have suffered huge damage. Nevertheless, they promote love and world peace.

“They look earnestly each day to find efficient solutions to social problems, and to save space and material, so they are very innovative. This has marked me profoundly, and I hope to do the same for others in my turn.”

Karina is but one of the 61 local students that this community is funding to bring their families out of poverty. Thank you, San Miguel!

Jóvenes Adelante grants scholarships to A-level local students who otherwise could not afford to attend university. These scholarships include funds, a laptop appropriate to the student’s major, a mentor, life skills, psychological counseling when needed, English tutoring, and a graduate network.

For more information, see and contact me at 152 3709 in San Miguel de Allende, 925 476 8117 (Vonage), or


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