In Nicaragua, 3 out of 5 children do not finish secondary school
The purpose of Mentores Solidarios is simple: To provide an opportunity to impoverished children so they can continue their education in top secondary schools and to be there for them to help them along their path.
Who do we help?
Using strict criteria, every year we select academically exceptional youth from families living in poverty who cannot afford the indirect costs of a secondary education in Nicaragua.
Why do we help?
These children have proven to have great potential given their excellent academic standing in primary school. However, their parents do not have the necessary resources to finance the indirect costs of secondary school. We help these children attain the bright future that they deserve.
How do we help?
We provide our students with mentors and five-year scholarships to attend Nicaragua's top secondary schools. Our students also receive specialized tutoring, motivational talks, educational workships, and transition programs to make sure they get into college.
What does a mentor do?
- Receives a profile of the student’s background which details his particular circumstances (grades, family situation, etc.)
- Covers the direct and indirect costs of all 5 years of secondary school for the student in one of the selected schools (a complete scholarship costs between US$300-500 per year, depending on the school)
- Receives a scanned copy of the quarterly grades of the sponsored student
- Serves as a role model and ideally as a rmentor for the sponsored student. The mentor ideally meets with the student at least once per semester