Stories from Week 1 – Hear from our leadership team in Mexico!

We are officially in the swing of the Institute and so excited to share updates from Mexico with you!

Here are a few highlights from a successful first week: 

  • Former Fellows are serving as local coordinators, leading groups of first-year students in their communities. This new “leaders leading leaders” model has been a dream of ours for years, and it’s amazing to see it come to life. 
  • In addition to activities led by these coordinators, students also watch online classes every day. Our global network of instructors recorded hundreds of hours of videos so that our students could learn from their expertise in spite of travel restrictions. 
  • This year’s Michael Lotito Fellows are at Casa Hope, and in the first week, they explored their personal strengths. These assets will serve as a foundation as they develop their projects and goals over the coming weeks. 
  • Speaking of Casa Hope, have you seen our kitchen?! This incredible space is home to our pilot culinary program, where six young leaders are learning to cook at the highest level. We are so excited to have many former Institute students in this program. 
  • We also have a team working with 60 families for Institute Junior — and it’s going so well! Since we can’t gather in person for this program, we delivered supplies and instructional videos to parents so that they can lead activities for their kids at home

Get even more news from Casa Hope by watching the recording of our Community Call last week. Karmina, our Director of Hands Offering Hope Mexico, shared so many exciting updates about what has been happening!

Thank you for investing in these programs and believing in young leaders in Mexico. We are grateful for your partnership and support — and so honored to be able to share what your generosity makes possible. 

 

 

Preguntas y Respuestas con Edgar

(Questions and Answers with Edgar)

Meet the 2020 Michael Lotito Fellows! This year’s class of Fellows is hard-working, creative, bold, and strong. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing their stories and dreams with you. We can’t wait for you to get to know these impressive young leaders.

Name: Edgar
Hometown: Kantunilkin

How was your experience with the Institute last year?
Excellent.

What was your favorite week of the Institute last year and why?
The first week, on self-discovery, was the most helpful in getting to know myself better.

Which class or theme did you like the best?
Truly, I liked all the classes because I learned a lot in each one of them.

What are your plans for the future?
My plans are to study communications in college and discover what kind of career I’d like to have, although I think it will be either photography or radio production. However, I also would like to do other things, like writing a variety of books because I’m really good at writing and generating ideas. I’d also like to create a YouTube channel in the future and upload travel content.

Tell us a few fun facts about yourself.
I don’t have a favorite food because I’ll try one dish and say it’s my favorite—and then I’ll try another and say that’s my favorite! Ha ha. On the weekends, I like to spend time with my family and help around the house, to listen to music and to watch videos. In school, my favorite class is philosophy.

What app do you use the most and why?
WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram because I can use them to communicate with other people.

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
London, England.

 

 

 

 

Preguntas y Respuestas con Darina

(Questions and Answers with Darina)

Meet the 2020 Michael Lotito Fellows! This year’s class of Fellows is hard-working, creative, bold, and strong. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing their stories and dreams with you. We can’t wait for you to get to know these impressive young leaders.

Name: Darina
Hometown: Kantunilkin

How was your experience with the Institute last year?
I thought it was going to be strange, but it turned out to be the best experience. Living together with so many different people was really amazing.

What was your favorite week of the Institute last year and why?
Self-expression week was my favorite because we could express ourselves and let down our burdens. It was really great.

Which class or theme did you like the best?
English class was my favorite because the teacher, Kallie, had a really fun way of working. She was unique and everything she did we always understood.

What are your plans for the future?
I have many plans. One of them is to travel to South Korea. I want to finish my studies, I want to have my own house, and more than anything, I want to keep helping my family.

Tell us a few fun facts about yourself.
I like pizza, sleeping, and English and Algebra classes.

What app do you use the most and why?
WhatsApp and Facebook are my methods of communication.

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
South Korea, obviously.

 

 

 

 

Preguntas y Respuestas con Abner

(Questions and Answers with Abner)

Meet the 2020 Michael Lotito Fellows! This year’s class of Fellows is hard-working, creative, bold, and strong. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing their stories and dreams with you. We can’t wait for you to get to know these impressive young leaders.

Name: Abner
Hometown: San Angel

How was your experience with the Institute last year?
It was a very nice experience, and it was exciting because of the activities we did.

What was your favorite week of the Institute last year and why?
My favorite was Business and Marketing week, when we took a weightlifting class with Wendy.

Which class or theme did you like the best?
Art class and the kettlebell class.

What are your plans for the future?
I want to finish high school and begin university, where I’d like to study graphic design or play collegiate sports.

Tell us a few fun facts about yourself.
I enjoy hamburgers, watching the T.V. show “The Good Doctor,” and going to history class at school.

What app do you use the most and why?
I like Facebook as a bit of a distraction.

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
The United States.