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¡Integrando a México! will bring together 50 high school students from across Mexico for a four week course where they will participate in various activities and workshops on civic engagement, conflict resolution and community service directed at social issues in Mexico. In the final part of the course we will guide students to design individual social projects, which they will each carry out in their respective communities upon their return. We will use MiddSTART funding to pay part of the cost for food and lodging of participants and facilitators as well as transportation between the course facilities.

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Dollars Raised: 68%

Funding Details

Deadline: Mar 01, 2013
Total needed: $2,000

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Luis Fernando Sandoval Jimenez '15, International Politics and Economics Nochistlan de Mejia, Mexico
Andrea Cruz Quiros '14, Environmental Studies and Policy Mexico City, Mexico
Krisztina Pjeczka '15, International Politics and Economics Albertirsa, Hungary
Rebecca Hicks '15, Human Ecology Santa Ana, Costa Rica
plus 12 other facilitators

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We want to inspire Mexican youth to become active citizens and get out of the “no pasa nada” mentality. Instead of waiting for the government to act, youth should take the initiative, and actively create local solutions for national problems. We also want participants and facilitators to interact beyond socioeconomic and cultural boundaries to foster collaboration and deeper understanding of global issues. We want to create opportunities for others to help themselves and those around them.

Integrando a Mexico aims to make its participants realize that each individual has the potential to be a catalyst of social change. We will bring together 50 high school students from all across Mexico for a four week course where they will participate in various activities and workshops that will provide them with the tools, resources and motivation necessary to become leaders and social entrepreneurs in their communities. The final part of the course we will guide students to design individual social projects, which they will each carry out in their respective communities upon their return.

We want to create cultural and intellectual exchange and understanding. To promote this, our facilitators this year come from a range of countries (Mexico, Nigeria, Italy, Costa Rica, Hungary, Chile, United Kingdom, Peru, United States, Cyprus) providing deep cultural exposure. Participants will come from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and regions within Mexico, to foster interaction and integration within the nation. Through conflict resolution workshops, we will establish an atmosphere of constructive dialogue that will allow participants to interact respectfully and appreciate the social and cultural differences between them.

The course will spur the participants to become active and aware citizens, who participate in the development and daily life of their communities. Through civic engagement workshops and community service sessions, we aim to help create a culture of change for the present and future of Mexico. We believe that the participants of ¡Integrando a México!,and their actions after the course, are the starting point. We will motivate them to spread their ideals and agency to those around them. The project will take place in Nochistlan de Mejia, Mexico, where we have established partnerships with local institutions, businesses and individuals.

MiddSTART funding will help us pay part of the costs for food and lodging of participants and facilitators during the course. If we meet our fundraising goal, we will be able to not charge participation fees, and hence to select participants regardless of their ability to pay and provide need-based financial aid.  MiddSTART funds will contribute toward the project total of approximately $13020.

During the course we will keep a blog with articles, journals, photos and videos that illustrate our daily activities, challenges and accomplishments. This will also provide space for participants’ and facilitators’ reflections.


  • Krisztina Pjeczka

    Here is a link to the Facebook page where a lot of the communication between our participants is happening! A lot of their projects are mentioned,too!

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/274685885979723/317555381692773/?notif_t=group_activity

  • Douglas Gledhill

    This is such a great project and definitely worthy of support! It really makes a huge difference in these kids’ lives and on Mexico as a whole as well!

    There’s no minimum donation and every dollar counts!

  • Andrea Cruz Quiroz

    The website in Spanish has been edited, please use the link below for more information

    http://integrandoamexico.weebly.com/

  • Fernando Sandoval

    Take a look at this promotional video made by last year’s participants! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzfLFlzeFLY

  • Alison Lewis

    What you guys are doing is incredible and inspirational! Best of luck!

  • Rebecca Hicks

    Thank you all so much for your contributions! The project starts in about 2 months and Nando is going home in 3 weeks to start setting things up in his hometown, our camp site. As you can imagine, the four of us are very excited to get started and we’ll keep you guys up to date. :)

  • Fernando Sandoval

    We are very excited to see the first donations! All contributions, large and small, are very important to all of us in the project. Also, check out our site (in Spanish): http://integrandoamexico.weebly.com/iexclintegrando-a-meacutexico-2012.html

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