Meet Ivette Velásquez. She’s 19 years old and is currently taking computer class in the evenings at the Center. She grew up here in Batahola Norte and lives with her mom, dad and older sister. Her family has a long history here at the Center.
“My mom was one of the women who met every week with Sister Margarita and all of my family has passed through the Center in some way or another. I’m so proud to be a part of this place.”
Ivette took her first class here two years ago as a scholarship student in Cosmetology class. From there she got involved in the library and has been volunteering there ever since. Because of continued economic difficulties after losing her job, she applied for a scholarship to be able to continue her computer class this year. On top of serving at the library she also spends one day a week helping adults learn to read and write in the Adult Basic Education classes. Ivette has also had the opportunity to participate in a series of job skills workshop that are a new element the Center is offering to some of their young and promising students this year.
“It’s great that the Center isn’t only interested in handing me a certificate at the end of the course, but they also give the practical experience I’ll need to be able to secure a job in the future.”
Ivette’s dream is to become a psychologist and she plans to apply for a scholarship to start studying at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua next year. When I asked her what her message to the donors is, here is what she said:
“I’m a changed person because of my time at the Center. I’m much more responsible and I recognize the importance of helping others. Thank you so much for the support, not only for me, but also for many others. Because of you so many young people have been able to get ahead in life and be someone because of their opportunity to study at the Cultural Center.”
Ivette is another bright young women who has the opportunity for a bright future because of her time here at the Center. You could help her as well as many other passionate young woman through our Global Giving campaign. Click here to learn more!