Common Hope will launch a workshop series this June on vocational discernment and career planning. The eight sessions, for ninth graders in San Miguel Milpas Altas, our newest community, will explore students’ dreams for the future, steps for different career paths, the realities of the job market, personal strengths and weaknesses, and more. Parents will be invited to two sessions, when the group will talk about how parents can support the students’ dreams and encourage students’ dedication to their studies.
Says Margarita Díaz, one of the workshop leaders, “I am excited to see how the students participate, to hear what their dreams are, and to see how they are going to take advantage of Common Hope’s support.” Says Alma Marroquin, San Miguel Milpas Altas Coordinator, “These workshops will help us to have a better idea about students’ academic and professional interests. As this is our first year in San Miguel, I am especially excited to see what career paths they choose.”
Common Hope has coordinated the session with the junior high school director and a parent committee. It was agreed that we would work with all 21 ninth graders, to expand our reach beyond the eight affiliated students and build our relationship with the school.
Common Hope staff involved are Sofy Díaz, social worker; Margarita Díaz, who runs our employment and university scholarship programs; and Rigoberto García, who leads our youth support activities in Antigua. We are grateful to the Antigua program staff for sharing their experience with our new community, and to the San Miguel Milpas Altas school staff and parents, for helping to plan ths important workshop series!