Long-time collaborators EARTH University and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) have launched a new initiative – an effort to harness the power of education and mentorship to strengthen human development in the Mexican communities of Chiapas and the Yucatán Peninsula.
The program has two main components: 1) building relationships with academic institutions interested in EARTH’s educational model so they, through exchanges and collaborations, can be exposed to strategies and practices that would complement their existing programs, and 2) building a network of allies, such as area business owners and nonprofit leaders, interested in supporting young people in Chiapas and Yucatán by offering professional guidance through internships and meaningful work.
For this reason, EARTH organized a visit of 12 people, including members of the WKKF and professionals from Mexican organizations selected to be part of the collaboration. For four days, the group participated in many activities, including guided tours of the University’s campus, presentations about EARTH’s experiential education model, discussion groups on topics related to sustainable community development, and social hours with EARTH student entrepreneurs.
The visitors were:
Currently, 21 young people from Chiapas and the Yucatán Peninsula attend EARTH University, thanks to scholarships from the WKKF.
Check out photos from the event in the gallery below.