Jóvenes Adelante Board Adds Fundraisers

Sheela Sheehan

By Robin Loving

The Jóvenes Adelante Board is proud to announce that it has added Co-Fundraising Vice Presidents Laura Dueñas of Querétaro and Sheila Sheehan of San Miguel and Massachusetts to lead fundraising efforts including student sponsorships, events, and legacy giving.

Laura Dueñas is a professional business and project manager with more than 25 years of business development experience. She has worked for the government of Querétaro in the areas of public finance and economic development and has been a consultant in regional economic development and strategic management that impacted both private and public initiatives. Dueñas is one of the top public speakers in Mexico and has launched a career as a communication coach.

Sheila Sheehan has a degree in urban planning and enjoys restoring historic homes. She has built a multi-national company in the travel industry and likes to positively impact the lives of others. She has been a supporter of Jóvenes Adelante since 2008.

Both Dueñas and Sheehan supported themselves while attaining an education, and they know the value of support from organizations that exist for the sole purpose of helping young people achieve their educational credentials. They are especially eager to work closely with Carol Jackson and Linda Desbiens, who are leading the new Jóvenes Adelante Dining for Destinies fundraising event series that will invite the entire community to get behind shaping the destinies of the brightest local Mexican students.

“We are delighted to share that we are planning to grant 15 scholarships in this, our 15th year. We have identified 10 sponsors and are seeking the rest before summer. Of course it would be a grand quinceanera (15th birthday celebration) if we could grant even more, as we always have more applicants than we have funding,” said Sheehan.

“Make someone’s day! Consider a sponsorship today! It costs as little as a cup of coffee in a coffee shop each day if you want your investment to be spread over the five years of a typical university career. But, our students are atypical. Only about 22 percent of Mexican university students graduate. Jóvenes Adelante has an 85 percent graduation rate,” said Dueñas.

Jóvenes Adelante grants scholarships to A-level local students who otherwise could not attend university and bring their families out of poverty. For more information, contact President Robin Loving at 152 3709 in San Miguel, 925 476 8117 (Vonage), and/or robin@robinloving.com, and see JovenesAdelante.org.

 

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