What Motivates Us
The average person in Mexico is educated to the 9th grade level. For communities in which we work, it is often less. In some cases, parents don’t read. So for a child born into such an environment, the type of future that an education promises, is somewhat unfathomable.
What We Do About It
We believe that when students and their parents are exposed to opportunities and are given support, what was once unfathomable, becomes attainable, something to strive for. We facilitate several different kinds of connections through this volunteer program and believe all can be transformational.
Sister School Connections
For public primary school age students, we organize “intercambios” or interchanges with local private schools. The students write ‘pen pal’ letters, participate on mixed teams in fun educational games and present artistic and cultural endeavors to each other. The teachers also have an opportunity to get to know each other and share ideas.
For our graduating KKIS Scholars (high school students under scholarship), KKIS assists the students in understanding and assessing their options, completing required paperwork, paying for University application and exam fees. If the student does not receive a KKIS University Scholarship, we have negotiated deep discounts at local universities that the students can take advantage of.
Inspiration & Introductions
KKIS also facilitates presentations by inspirational speakers to local high school students and provides introductions to businesses in the community through small group information sessions.
How It Helps
We see “connections” as a benefit of working hard and staying in school. Meeting people outside of one’s world, allows relationships to be built, new information to come in and most often, an inspired student stays in school.