September 15, 2015

Honduran AEIF Project Produces First Class of Graduates


Students from the first graduating class of "The Mentoring Choice" with their mentors
The first class of "The Mentoring Choice," a 2013 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) project from Honduras, graduated this summer. 
"The Mentoring Choice" students, selected from underprivileged communities and according to their excelling academic records, received one year of mentoring from English Access Microscholarship alumni. The comprehensive program included training in English language, computer skills, leadership, team work, ethics and public speaking.
With these new skills and knowledge, the students will have more opportunities to improve their life conditions, being able to find better paid jobs because they are bilingual or increase their chances to apply to scholarships and educational opportunities in which English is required. About eight of the graduates now volunteer as mentor assistants for the second generation of "The Mentoring Choice." 
During the graduation ceremony, the Access alumni team announced that "The Mentoring Choice" is one of five winners of a social entrepreneurship contest "Yo Emprendo Honduras" (“I undertake Honduras”) to be funded in 2015, making a third generation of "The Mentoring Choice" program possible for 20 students. "Yo Emprendo Honduras" is an initiative of The International Youth Foundation and Youth Action Net and is sponsored by the leading top private university in Honduras, UNITEC.
"The Mentoring Choice" project, created by Access alumni, competed in the 2013 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund against 681 alumni proposals from around the world during the first phase of the competition and against 141 during the finalist phase. It was one of the 53 winners selected worldwide and the only winning proposal from Honduras. 
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