Mexican delegation travels to US to learn about YouthBuild model

Monday, March 27, 2017
Delegation members visiting YouthBuild Newark (Photo by Scott Emerick)

Last month, YouthBuild International hosted a delegation of leaders from research institutions, NGOs, government ministries and philanthropic organizations from three Mexican states (Guanajuato, Nuevo León, and Chihuahua). The study tour capped a 12-month effort among institutional leaders in Mexico to create an alternative pathway for early school leavers to earn the Mexican secondary education credential. Each year over 600,000 Mexican youth leave school before graduation. This initiative is being led by Servicios a la Juventud, A.C. (Seraj) and YouthBuild International with the support of the Prudential Foundation.

Delegation visit (Photo by YouthBuild Newark)

Over the last year, the leadership team in Mexico has studied the history, approach and current work of the YouthBuild diploma granting system in the US. During this trip, the delegation visited the YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School and the YouthBuild Newark, meeting with school district officials, school instructional staff, school support staff, students, and additional public and private sector stakeholders who are investing in these two diploma-granting schools. The delegation studied the different ways these institutions negotiate agreements with school districts and charter authorizers and explored different school financing mechanisms. The delegation was joined by the leadership of the YouthBuild Charter School of California, who had made previous trips to Mexico to support the early phases of this initiative. 

The tour concluded with a workshop at the Prudential Foundation headquarters in Newark and an exchange with Foundation program CSR and social impact investing staff. The Prudential Corporation has been a long-time partner of YouthBuild in the US, Mexico, and Brazil and maintains a core strategic focus on supporting the education and livelihood development interests of opportunity youth around the world.