GROW Students Celebrate Project Amigo’s 9th Annual Encuentro

GROW Students Celebrate Project Amigo's 9th Annual Encuentro

Project Amigo, a non-profit GROW supports, had their 9th Annual Encuentro, or College Student Retreat. This was held last month in Cofradia de Suchitlán to celebrate the holidays. Of the 31 students in attendance, five were GROW scholars attending university.

  • The 5 GROW scholars: Isaias Nicolas, brothers Heraclio and Cristobal Castrejon, Esperanza Gutierrez, and Leonel Arroyo
  • GROW Center Director Julieta Torres accompanied her students on the 3-hour bus journey to Cofradia and participated in all events and classes with them
  • Activities included:
    • Presentation on how the funds are generated, by Executive Director Coke Newell
    • Workshop on “how to look and act like a professional,” by visiting professor of pedagogy, Laura Hernandez
    • Panel of five Project Amigo graduates explaining their unique experiences in concluding college and entering the work force: warnings, recommendations, what to do, and what to not do
    • Project Amigo graduate Francis Velasco (employed as a teacher) made a presentation on “sticking it out” and giving one’s all as a scholarship recipient
    • Closing activities included breaking some piñatas and dancing

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