November 20, 2014
The Mexican Consulate awarded El Sol a $9,000 educational grant known as “IME Becas” to support and enhance their adult education programs. El Sol will receive the funds from the Consul General of Mexico in Miami during its upcoming November 20th graduation ceremony. RCMA Homestead also received funds from “IME Becas” for their Plaza Comunitaria program.
“We are thrilled to have been selected by the Mexican Consulate to further our education mission with this tremendous grant,” said Dora Valdivia, Associate Director of El Sol. “Our students become empowered by creating a solid foothold with their literacy, which allows them to aspire towards increased educational goals that becomes the gateway to opportunity.”
“We are glad that two organizations from South Florida were selected to receive IME Becas funds this year,” said Consul General José Antonio Zabalgoitia. “A better education means a brighter future for the Mexican community abroad, and supporting that is the main objective of IME Becas”
The IME Becas program began in 2005 with the objective of contributing funds to raise the education levels of the Mexican population living in the United States. Thereafter, the Mexican government expanded the program by providing funds to select education institutions and social organizations offering adult education programs. Today, these funds have grown and have helped support education programs that empower the migrant population to succeed and integrate better to the host society. Similarly, since 2010, the program expanded to provide scholarships to Mexican and Mexican-American college students.
El Sol was selected by the Mexican Consulate and its local committee to receive the grant after a thorough review of their proposal, as well as the positive impact it had in empowering the migrant population through its education programs.