The U.S.-Mexico Foundation, The Secretaría de Educación Pública
from Puebla, and the New York Academy of Sciences
celebrate the 2016 Graduating Class
"1,000 Girls-1,000 Futures"
New York, NY. July 29, 2016 -- The U.S.-Mexico Foundation (USMF) is proud to announce the conclusion of the first year of "1,000 Girls -1,000 Futures," a STEM mentorship program for female high school students implemented in Mexico by the USMF in collaboration with the Secretaria de Educación Publica from the State of Puebla (SEP) and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS).
The program's success and the accomplishments of the Puebla students participating in it, will be celebrated during a graduation ceremony and cocktail reception on Friday, July 29th at 5:00pm at Hunter College located on Lexington and 68th Street in New York City.
The event will include the participation of Vivian Juarez, Deputy Consul General on behalf of Amb. Diego Gomez Pickering, Consul General of Mexico in New York, Carlos Menchaca, New York City Council Member, Michelle Moreno, Chief of Staff, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Lorraine Harinton, SVP Global Partnerships at the NYAS, Patricia Vazquez, Secretary of Education of the State of Puebla, and Rebeca Vargas, President & CEO of the USMF, as well as program mentors, supporters, and the students from Puebla.
Speaking at the event, Rebeca Vargas said "We are proud of the program's results because it has made a big difference in the participants' lives by helping them develop self-confidence and giving them access to new opportunities. The participants have experienced a profound transformation. They are now young women empowered to pursue their professional dreams regardless of the adverse social and economic conditions that they face at home. 98% of the students have applied to go to College next year, a rate generally unheard of in public high-schools in Mexico and over 80% of them will be pursuing degrees in STEM related fields", Rebeca added: "We are encouraged with the success of the program and look forward to expanding it to bring this unique opportunity to more young women in Mexico”.
Patricia Vazquez, mentioned “it has been a great pleasure for us at the SEP to collaborate with the USMF on this excellent program and to see the enormous positive impact it has had on our students. This is a successful example of an efficient and impactful public-private partnership". "This event is an opportunity to congratulate and recognize our students' achievements and the great partners who have made this program possible."
The "1,000 Girls-1,000 Futures" Program was officially launched in Mexico in September 2015 at an event in Puebla presided by the State's governor, Rafael Moreno Valle. “1000 girls, 1000 futures” is the only program of its kind in Mexico. It includes personal mentoring, online training, in-person classes locally and a two-week trip to New York at the end of the year-long program.
Vivian Juarez mentioned on behalf of Amb. Diego Gomez Pickering “It’s an honor for me to welcome this delegation of young women from Puebla to New York. They represent the hard working spirit of the Mexican community and the future generation of professional Mexican women scientists. Iam impressed with their stories of struggle, effort and triumph”
As part of the online training component of the program managed by the NYAS, the participating students interacted with the program's global community through a dedicated online platform. Lorraine Hariton from the NYAS mentioned “We are thankful for the partnership with the U.S.-Mexico Foundation, through which Mexico joined the Global STEM Alliance and we collaborated on taking the 1000 girls, 1000 futures program to Mexico. The Mexican cohort is the largest international cohort in the program and it represents 30% of the total number of participants”.
With the support of partners like HEB, AT&T, the Western Union Foundation and the US Embassy in Mexico, the participants of the program are currently visiting New York City for the program's capstone experience. During their 2 week visit, which for the majority of the students represents the first time they experienced taking an airplane, the group is visiting STEM related museums and cultural attractions, meeting with Latino and STEM leaders, and participating in the international program's annual reunion as part of the Global STEM Alliance Summit at the NYAS, where they will have the opportunity to meet in person with other young women and mentors from over 10 different countries also participating in the program. Michelle Moreno said “The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
is thrilled to be part of this celebration. We applaud the U.S.-Mexico Foundation’s efforts to empower young Mexican women while promoting understanding among Mexico and the United States”.