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December 2015: Transitioning and Growing

posted Mar 28, 2016, 4:04 PM by Henrik Mitsch

Growth Through Transition: A Reflection on 2015

It is hard to believe we are approaching the end of 2015! Building Dignity is proud of all we have accomplished this year: we have embraced new leadership, expanded our mission in the community of Oasis, increased participation in our programs, and much more. Co-Founder and Executive Director, Emily Hedin returned to the U.S., and Diana Andrade Talavera stepped in (and stepped up!) to the position. Building Dignity continues to demonstrate the power of our mission, the success of our model, and the ability of this community to achieve its goals. Take a look at our accomplishments this year among our three pillars: leadership, education, and development
Leadership
  • We provided young people with 300+ hours of leadership training through Voices of Youth.
  • Leaders ages 15+ participated in our Annual Vocational Retreat, where we focused on setting goals for higher education. 
  • Participants of all ages joined our Leadership Retreat, where we emphasized self-esteem, teamwork, and models of leadership.
  • Our Ambassadors (ages 18+) attended a youth congress and led environmental workshops at local schools. 

Education

  • In our 2nd year of Academic Reinforcement, we provided 160+ hours of individualized, holistic tutoring. 
  • Academic Reinforcement had a 28% increase in participation.
  • We also provided 100 hours of homework help.  

Development

(Photo courtesy of Nicholas Ciorogan)
  • We continued to support the community kitchen, a project we started in 2014 that provides healthy, affordable food.
  • Working with community leader Emilio Mendoza, we undertook our 2nd road paving project. 
  • We completed a public space revitalization project that provides lighting to a local soccer field. 

Stepping up to the Challenge 

Changing leadership can be difficult, but when you find a leader as dynamic and passionate as Diana Andrade Talavera, success is always within reach.

Diana has worked tirelessly this year on several key projects such expanding our Academic Reinforcement program and leading Voices of Youth.

With Diana's leadership and the hard work of volunteers and community members, we have continued to advance during this time of transition. We can't wait to see where Diana's innovation and talent takes us in 2016!
Thank you!
 
We are incredibly grateful for the support of our donors. We have accomplished so much this year and it would not have been possible without you. Thank you for believing in the mission of Building Dignity. We are looking forward to another successful year! 

For those who have not yet donated in 2015, we would welcome your support to keep our programs strong in the new year.  You can contribute at www.buildingdignity.org/donate. Thank you for your generosity! 
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