Nueva Esperanza Graduates
In 2020 Neftali completed his Aeronautical Maintenance degree. Since the pandemic has made it more difficult than usual to pursue work in his field, he has been working as a mechanic in his home community, training many young people in mechanics basics and providing a meaningful pathway for skills-building for young people who lacked access to such opportunities. When asked about his experience in Nueva Esperanza, he stated:
"The scholarship provided me with a learning experience in my life that has enabled me to serve as an example for my son and my community."
Ingrid is the first Nueva Esperanza scholar to have pursued and completed a 6-year degree. In November, 2019 she completed her psychology degree, and has continued working in the field of community psychology. Throughout her six years of studies, she worked as a youth development and "strong families" coach, training youth and families in social emotional skills. She also supported (and continues to support) the Jóvenes en Acción youth group in her community, and mentors new scholars. When asked what her scholarship meant to her, she stated,
"It was an opportunity for personal growth that has allowed me to help others with the knowledge and skills I have acquired throughout this process."