On Monday, April 20, 2015 the second Rumbo Joven Mexico 100 cohort celebrated their spring commencement. The event, dedicated to the achievements of the 123 participants of the program, marked the completion of a 15-week internship experience in Washington, D.C.
Over the course of the program a group of over 100 Mexican young leaders engaged in professional work experience at some of the most prestigious national and international companies, institutions and organizations in Washington, D.C. Gaining invaluable experience and the skill set needed for future professional endeavours, the participants also engaged in professional development and leadership training courses giving them a theoretical framework and perspective on work functions they will no doubt face in their future professional careers.
The Advanced Leadership Foundation in collaboration with the Instituto Mexicano de Juventud (IMJUVE) and the Mexican Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) created the Mexico 100 program. The main objective of the program was to guarantee that students from public universities and groups with few opportunities (either from precarious backgrounds or indigenous Mexican communities) gain valuable professional training in the US. With this goal in mind, of providing equal opportunities for Mexican young people, the government sent a total of 223 Mexican students to gain the necessary training and skills with the Advanced Leadership Foundation.
During the commencement ceremony we heard from speakers such as Mr. Peter Stephens, Chief Faculty Advisor of the Advanced Leadership Foundation; Alexandra Haas Paciuc, head of the Office of Political Affairs, Embassy of Mexico; Jorge Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Leadership Foundation; Jose Manual Romero Coello, General Director, IMJUVE; Jan Cardenas, actor, Televisa; and Martha Abbott, Executive Director, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
The presentation of the Mexico 100 Pledge was delivered by Octavio Amador Molina, a student at Universidad Politécnica de Durango, who interned at Emerald Planet. Student remarks were also given by Ana Paulina Ornelas Cruz, a student at Universidad de Guadalajara and an intern at Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area and Luis Angel Plata Cavazos, a student at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and intern at Lake Research Partners. Following these eloquent speeches was the presentation of certificates awarded to all participants for successful completion to the program and commitment to youth leadership.
Congratulations to the Mexico 100 young leaders on all your accomplishments and on the conclusion of this rewarding experience.