Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – A scholarship program launched in 2012 by Volcanes Kids Education Program (VKEP) has blossomed into a powerful force for change, transforming the lives of 100 students from underserved communities. What began with supporting six students has evolved into a network of opportunity, with 20 graduates already making waves in their fields and now actively giving back to the program.
The program targets students facing financial barriers that threaten to derail their educational journeys. By providing financial aid and support, VKEP empowers students to pursue their academic aspirations.
Olga, the first in her family to graduate from university, exemplifies the program’s impact. Starting in a one-room schoolhouse, she went on to direct the VKEP program, a testament to her remarkable journey.
Francisco, another inspiring story, overcame homelessness to become a top-of-his-class valedictorian on his way to becoming a neurosurgeon.
Kenia, driven by her dream of becoming a nurse practitioner, defied cultural norms to graduate with honors and is now pursuing a master’s degree.
These are just a few of the many success stories that fuel VKEP’s passion. The program’s reach extends beyond individual achievements. By investing in education, VKEP fosters a more educated and empowered society. The 20 university graduates, equipped with knowledge and skills, are now contributing meaningfully to their communities, creating a ripple effect of positive change.
The journey hasn’t been without challenges. Financial constraints, societal barriers, and personal struggles have tested the students’ resilience. But their unwavering determination, coupled with VKEP’s unwavering support, has led to triumphs that continue to inspire.
Looking ahead, VKEP remains committed to its mission of making a difference. They believe that education is the key to unlocking potential, breaking down barriers, and creating a brighter future for all. By becoming a sponsor, you can be a part of this transformative journey.
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Volcanes Kids Education Program is an after-school program that centers on education in the community of Volcanes. We provide English, computer, music (35-member orchestra), and Spanish basic reading-writing skills, as well as, basic math, for over 400 students. We have a scholarship program with 100 students enrolled, and 20 who have graduated from university, four of them working in our program, six of them helping in other capacities.
We also have a variety of clubs with different interests led by volunteers from the community, such as Book Club, Cooking Club, Arts and Crafts Club, Butterfly Club, and Sports Club. We also provide adult education through INEA (GED) for students who for some reason did not finish their primary and junior high school.