From Student to Staff

Meet our Co-Director, Alejandro, and hear why he loves the Institute!

Ignite the future for a student like Alejandro now. Make a gift today at handsofferinghope.org/ignite!

English Translation:

I have encountered so many different perspectives. As a student, I learned a lot. I was able to learn so much, and I got out of my comfort zone. But now, as part of the staff, I’m learning about the strength of the team, how to prepare, the time you have to invest in planning, and the passion for serving that every single person on the staff has. These experiences have been unique, but they both have served me and have made me a better person. I hope people can see that I am the fruit of this good work—the Institute.

Why I love the institute

Hear from our Institute Co-Director, Sabrina, about why she loves the Institute. And support this summer’s program now at handsofferinghope.org/ignite!

English translation:

I was part of the Institute three years ago. Now I am the Director of the Institute. It’s an honor to be a part of this. The change that I have had in my life since being a part of the Institute is that I have discovered that I can achieve many things. In the same way, I know that young people like me can achieve—can get out of their comfort zones—and can achieve immense things. It’s only a question of wanting to do it.

Hello! It’s great to meet you.

We are so excited to be the new co-Directors for the Hands Offering Hope Institute this summer—it is great to meet you! (That’s us in the picture!)

Thank you for being a part of our countdown to the Institute! (Only 9 more weeks to go!)

As former students in the Institute, we know what an amazing experience it is. We learned so much during our summers there, and for the past few years, we have returned in leadership roles to help other young people from our communities. We know that this program works. We know that it creates a ripple effect that can change Mexico and the world.

We know how powerful it is because we experienced it firsthand. 

The Institute changed our lives. Now we get to help other kids change their lives, too. This opportunity is a big honor—plus it’s so much fun!

This year, we’re in charge. We’re the “jefes.” And we want to make this the best Institute summer ever!

In July, we will welcome 20 new first-year students and 9 Michael Lotito Fellows. We are busy with logistics and plans (wow, it’s a lot of work!), but it’s all worth it for these awesome students.

To make it all happen, we need your support. We need to raise $100,000 before July 14. Will you help us make this the best Institute yet?

Thank you for helping us. We can’t wait to share stories from Mexico this summer.

Muchas Gracias y Seguimos Adelante!

Alejandro Ventura and Sabrina Valerio
Institute Co-Directors

PS – Make sure you’re following Hands Offering Hope on Facebook and Instagram to hear more about our preparation for the summer. We’ll be sharing videos and updates there!

Adaly is grateful for you.

One of our Institute alums, Adaly, said something that I can’t stop thinking about.

“We are all used to studying just to work here,” she said. “Nothing changes. We’re in a square.”

“But the Institute shows us that there are things outside of that square. That’s the most important thing I have learned. How cool is it that people from all over care about us and have an interest in us?”

Friend, you are one of those people who cares.

So behalf on Adaly and all of our students, THANK YOU. 

Your generosity of time and resources matters to young leaders in Mexico. You are helping them surpass expectations, break paradigms, and redefine success, not just for themselves, but for their entire communities.

You can make a difference right now.

Make a gift to support the Institute this summer. Help another student like Adaly see the big, bold life that exists outside of her square. Give now.