Archive for January, 2009

Parent program available to you for free

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Hey, I just wanted to share with you that McDonald’s has made available online for free the program that I developed for them called:
Help your Children Succeed in High School and Go to College.

The idea is to allow people across the country to conduct parent workshops to help parents of high school students learn what they should do while their kids are in school to make sure they make it to college. There are four videos that are actually four modules of the same program:

• Participating in your child’s high school experience
• Finding mentors
• The importance of community service and internships
• Searching for and getting scholarships

And there is a Facilitator’s guide that you can download. The best thing is that everything is available in Spanish and in English.

You don’t need to be an expert on parent involvement to implement this program. Just study the facilitator’s guide, watch the videos and you’ll be on your way to creating great workshops that will increase the parent participation at your school.

Obama mania

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Sooooo we have a new president! What an exciting day it was yesterday. I was actually looking forward to watching the inauguration from a restaurant in Manhattan but my plans changed and last minute, I watched it at my neighbor’s house. Like many people, I didn’t want to watch it alone. It was a moment to share with friends and family and strangers.

On my way to the city in the afternoon, I talked to the woman sitting next to me on the train about this historical occasion. And I said: “I hope people realize that he’s not the Messiah and that we can not expect him to make everything right.” She agreed with me.

What he can hopefully do is inspire everyone to get off their behinds and create better ideas, to lend a hand, to offer service to those in need. The sooner we realize that we (not him) have the solution to this crisis, the faster we’ll get out of it.

Scholarships for adults

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Going back to school? Great! Make sure you watch this quick video to learn about opportunities for you as an adult to get free money!

A key website for adults to find scholarships:

Let’s change our attitude

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
    Monument in honor of jews killed in WWII. A great way to honor lives; the metal leafs move with the wind.

I grew up in Argentina, a country that had –and continues to have– it’s fair share of good and bad times. (Although more bad stretches than good!) Every time I go back, regardless of how good or bad things are going, people say: “You never know what’s going to happen tomorrow.” That phrase blocks their ability to plan for the future, something many Latin American people have trouble doing. I feel, that is very much what’s happening to many of us here, in the U.S. right now.

It’s easy to fall prey of the bad news and the generally depressed mood out there and to stop doing all the normal things we used to do. From eating out, to buying groceries and going to the movies. It’s not only that the economy is in poor shape, but the way in which we handle the situation makes things worse.

I propose a change: let’s stop complaining about how bad things are and begin looking at ways in which we can continue to be productive and creative. Let’s exercise those creative muscles that get atrophied during good times when you don’t have to think about how to make do with less.

So, why don’t we take a good look at what we have (our health, our family, a roof over our heads, whatever the case may be) and be grateful for that. And then let’s focus on what is still working, what companies are still hiring, who is making money in this economy and why. Then, let’s try to adapt ideas that are working for other industries to ours, whether it’s a process or a type of partnership or the target audience those successful companies are focusing on.

Only by shifting gears into a more positive outlook will we find the opportunities laying right in front of us.