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Reflections: Thanksgiving, Independence and Día de la Revolución

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By Don Krim

A year ago I could not help thinking of California Lutheran University, home to recently gun-massacred students, where shaken, grieving classmates then had to evacuate from a wildfire. I have a mentor there, I’ve performed there. For me this was close to home. The University rallied with material and spiritual support for students, alumni, faculty whose lives were changed forever by random violence, fire, homelessness…

Jóvenes Adelante is in the business of helping young adults achieve university education. Our graduates include teachers, medical professionals, lawyers, micro-biologists, programmers and engineers, environmentalists and business owners.

Sadly, as we all know crime and tragedy can and do hit closer to our SMA home. Crime is now a part of the calculus for many of our current students: where they choose to go to school, how they prepare, whom they know, how they cope if they are victims. When I see where our kids start, and then become, it brings tears to my eyes. It is so easy to forget how tough, how challenging it can be for these kids. Only 42% of SMA high school eligible kids graduate from high school, no less University. So, I Give Thanks for my ability to support them in as many ways as I have good fortune, time, and soul.

As México moves from celebrating Independence Day to Revolution Day; as Canada and the USA approach their Thanksgiving seasons; I celebrate JA’s 182 graduates and 103 current student “survivors” over 18 years: for their courage, for their commitment to strive towards the independence and personal revolution that education fosters. Eighty five percent of Jóvenes Adelante students graduate university. They are part of a new generation that will change THEIR México. Have no doubt. As is well documented, education is one of crime’s greatest antidotes. More kids off the streets, better job and income opportunities, better choices, bigger horizons.

Michael Bloomberg, after giving $1.8 Billion for college financial aid, wrote in the NY Times, “Here’s a simple idea I bet most Americans agree with: No qualified high school student should ever be barred entrance to a college based on his or her family’s bank account. Yet it happens all the time.”

Jóvenes Adelante shares that vision for México. We operate in San Miguel de Allende. It takes nowhere near $1.8 billion to impact this community, forever. The JA family of Mexicans, Canadians and Americans does so by providing a full web of support.

Jóvenes Adelante unlocks a radically more expansive future for the youth of San Miguel de Allende by easing financial barriers to higher education and by developing life and leadership skills. To be a sponsor or for more information, please visit website jovenesadelante.org or contact us at 415 150 0030 or info@jovenesadelante.org.

 

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